Hmmm… When FoleyGate first broke the sounds of the GOP stumbling over each other to quickly do damage control were deafening. As the investigation into the coverup by Foley’s GOP enablers in the House continues, it appears that FoleyGate could erupt into KolbeGate…
Federal prosecutors in Arizona have opened a preliminary investigation of a camping trip Congressman Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., took 10 years ago that included two teenage congressional pages, a Justice Department spokesman told NBC News. NBC News first reported on the camping and rafting trip on Tuesday.
A spokesman for the Justice Department in Washington said that the U.S. attorney in Arizona has started a “preliminary assessment” of the trip, after an unidentified source made allegations about the congressman’s behavior on the expedition.
“The U.S. attorney is looking into allegations about the congressman taking a trip with the two pages,” the spokesman said.
Rep. Kolbe, who is the only openly gay Republican legislator in Congress, “had not acknowledged his homosexuality publicly at the time.”
NBC News interviewed several people who were on the trip, and their accounts vary. One participant, who requested anonymity, said he was uncomfortable with the attention Kolbe paid to one of the former pages. He was “creeped out by it,” he said, adding that there was a lot of “fawning, petting and touching” on the teenager’s arms, shoulders and back by Kolbe.