REPUBLICAN CLOSET CASE MARK FOLEY CAUGHT MAKING A PLAY FOR A YOUNG BOY?
It surprised me to read yesterday and today that closeted gay Florida homophobe, Mark Foley, was caught trying to pick up an underaged congressional page, a male, of course. Underaged boys have been more the domain of already-publicly-outed Republican Congressman Jim Kolbe (AZ), who is well-known in the Tucson gay community for his penchant for young latino boys. I don't know if Foley is a fan of U.K. alternative rockers, the Gang of 4 or not but, like them, he seems to love a man in a uniform. Not that he supports our troops-- he doesn't, at least not with his votes-- but he is famously known to be very fond of young men in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. He and disgraced/resigned Virginia Republican congressman Ed Schrock always shared a yen for butcher trade... or so everyone always thought.
So now it turns out that the Chairman of the committee that's supposed to look out for the welfare of abused children well may be a child predator. This is a replay of the Jim West scenario in which Washington State's best known and most rabid Republican homophobe-- one who actually made his whole miserable political career campaigning against gay men and women-- was all along getting into positions of power so he could seduce underaged boys.
Normal, uncloseted gay men don't do this. This is what scared, mentally-deranged right-wing closet cases do. I don't know what Pennsylvania congressman Phil English has been up to lately... but he has quite the colorful history of molesting young boys. But don't ask me what David Dreier does. Aside from grossly overpaying his husband/chief of "staff" and taking him on vacations to all the international gay hotspots-- at taxpayer expense-- I think he's more about collecting corporate cash than he is about preying on young boys.
Foley was denied the GOP U.S. Senate nomination in Florida because of his randy ways, the Republicans preferring a bribe taking, psychopath and sure loser to gay Foley. If you care to look at the actual e-mails between the 16 year old object of firstname.lastname@example.org's (Foley's) amorous attentions, Raw Story printed the actual documents. CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is demanding that corrupt old Republican hack, Doc Hastings, Tom DeLay's handpicked shill on the House Ethics Committee investigate the child predator charges against Foley at once. The DCCC hack opposing Foley, a "former" Republican named Tim Mahoney, is also demanding an investigation.
INSTANT UPDATE: ANOTHER CLOSETED GAY REPUBLICAN BITES THE DUST-- FOLEY RESIGNING
CNN already reported that Foley is resigning. Associated Press seems less certain and only says he's "considering" resigning but that he would decide imminently. It's too late to replace him on the ballot, so this district will now be a Democratic pick-up. No one thought Mahoney would win.
MINI-UPDATE... ANOTHER "FAMILY VALUES" REPUBLICAN FADES TO BLACK
It's now official. Foley has resigned... effective immediately. Apparently there are more, far more incriminating e-mails, that are floating around out there.
UH OH... NOW THIS IS STARTING TO GET REALLY UGLY
ABC News just posted this:
Maf54: Do I make you a little horny ?
Teen: A little.
This is only going to get worse.
About a week ago I interviewed one of the most exciting progressive candidates I've talked to in this cycle, Colorado's Angie Paccione who is running against another Republican hypocrite trying to scare "faith-and-values" voters into electing morally bankrupt right wingers, the odious Marilyn Musgrave. Angie's heart-felt spiritual values loom large in her consciousness. She's the real thing, someone who understands Jesus' message of love and embraces it. "I'm a born again, spirit-filled, evenagelical Christian," Angie told me, "one who believes in living it, not legislating it."
People who vote for Republicans like Musgrave, Bush and Foley need to dig a little deeper. Talk is cheap. Actions speak much louder. Foley's are preying on young people over whom he has a great deal of power. Musgrave's are all about preaching Hatred and Bigotry.
Action items: First-- my friend James L. has a brilliant idea to help Foley get right with himself again. Foley has almost $3 million dollars in campaign cash. he ought to donate it to an organization that cares for abused children. Otherwise it will go to an organization that abets abusers of children, the NRCC. And second-- today would be a great day for believers to kick the GOP habit and find a real faith and values candidate to help out. May I suggest Angie Paccione, Larry Kissell and Roger Sharpe?
If you want to see why Foley resigned within hours of the revelations-- and why he will soon be getting to re-ignite his relationship with Duke Cunningham-- read the raw IM log from ABC News (but only if you're 21 or older or if you have parental permission): http://abcnews.go.com/images/WNT/02-02-03b.pdf
Jamie over at Crooks and Liars has the ABC-TV video and brings up an interesting point. All the pages were warned to keep away from Foley since it was widely known that he's a sexual predator. That's how they protected these kids? Karl Rove's party that runs for office every 2 years based on scaring church-goers that the gays are gonna get ya and they allow this kind of crap to go on inside their own party-- with children??
Oh and by the way, it's a federal offense to send dirty e-mails to a minor. He can't say he didn't know about the law. He wrote it!
GOODNIGHT UPDATE: HASTERT KNEW FOLEY WAS PREYING ON CHILDREN AND AS BEFITTING THE DO-NOTHING SPEAKER OF THE DO-NOTHING HOUSE... DID NOTHING
Hastert and Boehner can't get their stories straight about who knew what when, although Boehner told today's Washington Post that he had learned this spring of some 'contact' between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and that Hastiest assured him 'we're taking care of it.'" This sounds like it revolves around the incident Rodney Alexander reported to Tom Reynolds and the GOP leadership when Foley tried to seduce a young page from his district.
When cornered by reporters Hastert gave a classic closing the barn door after the horses had all gotten away statement. Hastert has refused to comment on why, even after finding out that Foley had a diseased attitude towards children, he still allowed him to chair the House caucus on missing and exploited children