Rep. Mark Foley of Florida, a six -term Republican from Florida’s 16th district resigned yesterday in what appears to be a very ugly, sick scandal. Foley was considered to be a shoe-in for re-election this fall until ABC’s The Blotter reported Thursday night that Foley had sent sexually explicit IM’s to at least one former page, an underage male. It snowballed from there.
Making matters worse, word is out now, that some of those pious, sanctimonious leaders of the House knew about this, but they never let on to anyone, especially not the good folks across the aisle who no doubt would have ousted the SOB.
The resignation rocked the Capitol, and especially Foley’s GOP colleagues, as lawmakers were rushing to adjourn for at least six weeks. House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of inappropriate “contact” between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he then told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). Boehner later contacted The Post and said he could not remember whether he talked to Hastert.
Well, we all know that those Good Ole Pervs who pass judgment on others are good at protecting their own, but someone needs to explain how this suspected pedophile managed to chair the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children??? Hello!
When this was first brought to their attention in late 2005, why the F wasn’t this creep removed from the committee? Even with the slightest bit of suspect, he never should have been allowed to remain on that committee. Instead he’s “credited with writing the sexual-predator provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which Bush signed in July.” ARGH!!! And, the WaPo reports “a photo on the White House Web site shows Foley among those attending the signing ceremony.” That’s a keeper — one the Bush administration can be proud of.
When Foley prepared to run for Sen. Bob Graham’s seat in 2003, the WaPo reports, he faced “questions about his sexual orientation” and “at a news conference in May of that year, he said he would not comment on rumors that he was gay.” Foley later decided “not to seek the Senate seat to care for his parents.” Well, the cat’s out of the bag now, the Pervert in Congress who has been chairing the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children has resigned and the pious, sanctimonious leaders of the House will start working on spinning their way out of this one.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, introduced a “privileged resolution” on Friday night to require an ethics probe. Pelosi criticized Republican leaders, who she said, “have known of the egregious behavior of Congressman Mark Foley, yet were prepared to adjourn tonight without an Ethics Committee investigation.”
“The investigation must determine when Mr. Foley sent the inappropriate emails, who knew of them, whether there was a pattern of inappropriate activity by Mr. Foley with pages or former pages, when the Republican leadership was notified, and what corrective action was taken once officials learned of any improper activity,” she added.
The blogosphere is buzzing on both sides of the aisle. The disgust runs deep…