Saturday, September 30, 2006

Republican House Member's Cybersex Adventures

To sum up the story, Republican Representative Mark Foley of Florida spent some time last year sending sexually explicit text messages and internet messages to male pages in the House. At least one of the pages came forward and told his representative about it (also a Republican) who then told the House leadership, all Republican. Who then ignored the problem for almost a year, and failed to tell the single Democrat member of the Pages Board about it.

Political Wire has a bit on it.

What's truly sick is that Foley was the chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, and had written laws against the very behavior he was indulging in.

So the Republican House not only knew that a pedophile was in their ranks, they let him chair the caucus against that behavior... for almost a year after they knew that he was a pedophile. Tell me why any sane person would vote for those Republicans ("Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Reynolds (N.Y.) and Reps. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) and John Shimkus (R-Ill.), as well as a senior aide to Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and former Clerk of the House Jeff Trandahl.").

Update: Talking Points Memo has a LOT on this cover-up. It's bad enough to have a pedophile in the ranks, but then to HIDE that fact... those men are all sick.

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