Friday, September 29, 2006

Hypocrisy in Da House

Just yesterday Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) and his people were saying there was nothing untoward about a number of e-mails he'd sent to a 16-year-old former Capitol Hill page. Today Foley 52, who had been considered a shoo-in for re-election until the e-mails surfaced in recent days, abruptly resigned from office.

I'd never heard of Foley before this story broke but it didn't take long for me to dig up some oh-so-predictable facts about the confirmed REPUBLICAN bachelor.

In late 2000, Foley played a large role in aiding George W. Bush during the presidential election recount controversy in Florida. When stories later surfaced that Foley was gay or bisexual, he held a press conference to denounce the "revolting" rumors. Foley is chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children and is one of the foremost critics in the House of child pornography. In 2002 he introduced a bill to outlaw Web sites featuring sexually suggestive images of preteen children, saying that "these Web sites are nothing more than a fix for pedophiles."

Some interesting information about a man who asked this high-school boy for a "pic" of himself, engaged in a series of sexually explicit instant messages with current and former teenage male pages (in one message, ABC said, Foley wrote to one page: "Do I make you a little horny?") (UM, NO.) and commented to the boy that his friends on his MySpace page sure looked like they were "in great shape." Sure, Foley is 100 percent responsible for his actions (and I fear this is just the tip of the iceberg). But again, this is one of the sick byproducts of growing up in a society that so often forces people to deny who they really are. Only bad things can come of it.

Foley Submits Resignation to Congress (AP)
Challenger Seeks Probe of Foley's E-mails to Boy, 16 (WP)


Anonymous said...

In other news, karma is still a bitch.

It's nice that in today's digital age, people are getting away with less and less.

J. David Zacko-Smith said...

I just love it - all these GOP moralistic god-fearing types are the ones MOST guilty of being hypocrites! And, yet they bitch about the damage that Liberals do to America's morals and values. At least Monica and Bill were consenting adults! The funniest part is the last paragraph of the article I read (CNN? ABC? Anyway, it was on Americablog) where the writer frames the pages as "young people who compete to see how Washington works" - this is EXACTLY how Washington works folks - how much more realistic does it get than some sleaze who speaks out of both sides of his mouth? Live and learn kids, live and learn!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the RepubliCONs are major hypocrites!

ALL of them, straight and gay!

I wonder how long before we find out more about the other gay closeted self-loathing gay, Congressman Drier from San Gabriel Valley in CA

This is why the Senate and Congress has to turn to Democrats so we can have our balance our power and not have Republican getting away with so many crimes, including child abuse.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have to say that this story really brightened my day. One hopes the the GOP has many more days like this in the next few weeks...

Random Thinker said...

Hypocricy in the Republican Party? I am sooooo shocked! Say it ain't so, W.

Steve said...

This is what I don't like about living in Florida. We have one more Bush than the rest of the country (Brother Jeb). Our state screwed up Al Gore's election and now we have polititians like this.

Oh well, at least the weather is good.