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Got Values? Republican House Leadership Cover Up for Suspected Pervert in Congress

by Pamela Leavey

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.

Heh… so much for the party of Conservative Values. Mark Foley just flushed that meme down the toilet. ABC’s The Blotter has a copy of one of Foley’s twisted IM’s here.

The blogosphere is buzzing on both sides of the aisle. The disgust runs deep…

  • The Carpetbagger Report: Guilty of being ‘overly friendly’?
  • TPMmuckracker: Why Wasn’t Foley Stopped?
  • The Talent Show: Culture of Corruption
  • Big Brass Blog: Denny Hastert must resign for doing nothing about Foley
  • 3 Responses to “Got Values? Republican House Leadership Cover Up for Suspected Pervert in Congress”

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    2. This is the statement on Roll Call from John Shimkus (R-Ill.) who chairs the page board:

      “As chairman of the bipartisan House Page Board in late 2005, I was notified by the then Clerk of the House, who manages the Page Program, that he had been told by Congressman Rodney Alexander about an email exchange between Congressman Foley and a former House Page. I took immediate action to investigate the matter.

      “In that email exchange, Congressman Foley asked about the former Page’s well-being after Hurricane Katrina and requested a photograph. When asked about the email exchange, Congressman Foley said he expressed concern about the Page’s well-being and wanted a photo to see that the former Page was alright. “Congressman Foley told the Clerk and me that he was simply acting as a mentor to this former House Page and that nothing inappropriate had occurred. Nevertheless, we ordered Congressman Foley to cease all contact with this former House Page to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. We also advised him to be especially mindful of his conduct with respect to current and former House Pages, and he assured us he would do so. I received no subsequent complaints about his behavior nor was I ever made aware of any additional emails.

      “It has become clear to me today, based on information I only now have learned, that Congressman Foley was not honest about his conduct.

      “As Chairman of the House Page Board, I am working with the Clerk to fully review this incident and determine what actions need to be taken.


      Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.), who serves on the page board, was never told of the interview with Foley.

      “I became aware of it this afternoon when [Shimkus] came by my office. I think we should have had a page meeting right away,” Kildee said, referring to last year’s discovery of Foley’s e-mails.

      When asked if was upset about being excluded, Kildee said yes, adding, “I’ve been on the page board for 20 years.”

      “I’m the chairman of the page board,” Shimkus said when asked why he didn’t include Kildee. “The Clerk and I addressed this issue.”

      Then there’s this comment:

      House sources said that Foley denied any improper sexual activity when confronted by Shimkus and Trandahl.

      The next question should have been, Short of improper sexual activity, have you been engaging in any other behavior that is inapproriate?

      Regardless of how much they actually knew, the problem is the Republican ‘we don’t want to know the truth’ attitude. If you don’t investigate you won’t find it. Not that you need to go to the ridiculous lengths that were spent on Whitewater and the BJ.

    3. Hmmm… Family Values? Coverup? Sounds like campain issues to me…