THE BLOODLETTING BEGINS….Tom Reynolds’ chief of staff, Kirk Fordham, has been “forced out” for his role in Foley-gate:

Those sources said Fordham, a former chief of staff for Congressman Mark Foley, had urged Republican leaders last spring not to raise questionable Foley e-mails with the full Congressional Page Board, made up of two Republicans and a Democrat.

“He begged them not to tell the page board,” said one of the Republican sources.

People familiar with Fordham’s side of the story, however, said Fordham was being used as a scapegoat by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

They said Fordham had repeatedly warned Hastert’s staff about Foley’s “problem” with pages, but little was done.

You know what? I’ll bet both these things are true. I’ll bet Fordham did warn Hastert about Foley ? he used to work for Foley, after all, and certainly knew what was going on ? and I’ll bet he also did his best to keep the whole thing as far under the radar as he could.

Will he squeal now that he’s been tossed onto the tracks as a sacrificial lamb? Stay tuned.