Foley’s Follies

By Loudoun Insider

Florida Republican representative Mark Foley has just resigned after nasty sexual emails to underage male interns were revealed. Speaking of dirty laundry (the post below), one of the emails I saw on the evening news was about how he would love to slip off the shorts a 16 year old boy was wearing. Yick!

To make matters worse, Foley is the chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children, according to a WaPo online story from Reuters. Here’a another gem – Foley was “author of the key sexual predator provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which Bush signed in July.”

I absolutely cannot stand hypocrites and Foley seems to be a poster child. This was a safe Republican seat which will certainly be in play now. How lovely.


  • charles says:

    I don’t care if the democrats get the seat. I’m glad he’s dropped out, and I’m glad he’s gone. We don’t need that kind of behavior in our party.

    I do hope it turns out he was all talk, and no action — for the Pages sake. And I hope he gets the help he so clearly seems to need.

    That said, I do hope the republicans can at least find a credible person to do a write-in, if they can’t get on the ballot.

  • Dean Settle says:

    Wait till June of 2007 locally.


  • anon says:

    The Republican house leadership knew about Foley conatcing other pages like this for over a year and they did nothing. They should also be held accountacble. Smae thing for the Dem. leadership if they knew as well.

    The leadership has proven they are bankrupt and not fit to run the house anymore. They would rather let stuff like this go then confront and force one of their own to leave. There are ambiguous circumstances where when some congressman should let a process play out. When it comes to interacting with pages like this, there is no room for waiting. As far as I’m concerned, the Republicab house leadership and whoever else knew about Foley’s predatory, sick behavior is an accomplice.

    For heaven’s sake, pages would warn the new pages about this guy when they started.

  • I have to agree with you that much of our political leadership is morally bankrupt these days, and it’s especially shameful for me as a conservative that this leadership is Republican at this time. Congress has a miserable record of policing itself under both parties.

  • AFF says:

    Scary- the House Leadership had almost an 8 month warning and yet left Foley as Chair of the caucus for exploited children?

    Sick, sick, sick.

    Simple incompetence or more culture of corruption?

  • AFF says:

    … I guess my comments are being shuffled to the “approve before posting” bin?

    Should I be pleased, or is this normal treatment for all readers/posters?

  • anon says:

    I’m glad Dean Settle finds any sort of humor in these kinds of stories. I am referring to the he put up after his post. Perhaps Dean can lead the cheers the next story about sexual predators comes out.

  • anon says:

    “I was referring to the smiley face Dean put up after his post.”

  • moderate 5-19 says:

    Not only should Foley go, but so should anyone in the leadership who knew about this and covered it up. And to think he sat on the Committee for Missing and Exploited Children. Unbelievable.

    I’ve already heard the talking heads on the GOP side comparing this to Clinton. I am no defender of Clinton and I was very vocal in my disgust of his behaviors. But at least she was an adult. This boy was 16 years old. If the Republican Party does not come down on Foley and your leadership like a ton of bricks the GOP can NEVER again hold the high moral ground on any issue.

  • Fides says:

    The worst thing about the Foley scandal for Republicans is the possibility that the leadership did nothing.

    When people send their high school student children to be congressional pages, they expect them to learn lessons about the civic virtues of a great nation, not to be an object of sexual predation.

    That a lone predator (even if a verbal or tentative one) slips through is inevitable; sadly the world seems to have a surplus. A lone predators actions reflect only on him.

    But, if those in charge let it continue, or try to keep it hidden for political reasons, those people also bear responsibility and shame.

  • Chill out, AFF! Yes your comments went to no-man’s land for some indiscernable reason.

    Dear TC contributors, can everyone pitch in on the housecleaning a bit more often?

  • James Young says:

    Remember the joke from the last Congressional page scandal?

    Congressmen don’t use bookmarks; the just bend the Page.

  • Dean Settle says:

    Anon…. You need to attempt to curb Mr. Young’s tasteless comments while you are appointing yourself as the one so above the rest of us.
    My reference is that you’d be suprised who among the local republicans for office also have numerous skeletons that have been located.

    Hypocrisy in elected office is sickening…especially when it exceeds even the marks that the afflicting politician is supporting in the first place.

  • anon says:

    I think only Jim Young would remember a joke like that and then glady re-tell it. You are a sick f*** Jim.

  • anon says:

    Dean – if it seemed personal – I apologize. This revelation just sickens me. What has happened to our government, to our political system?

    Why should we work to elect people when they are willing to let child, sexual predators run amok just so they can retain political power?

    I cannot believe the leadership did NOTHING while one of their own was trolling for boys. This kid is not the first one Foley went after. Only God and Foley know how many others he went after. The leadership and everyone else who knew – Reps or Dems – is worthless – resigning is too good for them.

    Look, garden-variety Prince William county poltical hypocrisy is one thing. Knowingly aiding and abetting a child sexual predator is unforgivable. I have very little room for humour on this front. Why should anyone work for politicians if this is kind of stuff they do?

  • t says:

    Why didn’t you keep our appointment today, Jimbo? You were too busy telling tasteless jokes? Courage, Jimbo. Do you fear a caricature?

  • StaunchfromDC says:

    While it is thoughtful thinking for the Dems- their candidate still doesnt have too much of a chance. I marked Foley in my “win” section just 2 weeks ago because I can’t see a Democrat taking over this district. So now the Republicans will designate a substitute and all of Foley’s votes will go to the sub and the Democrats will be embarassed about the premature touchdown dance.

  • Citizen Tom says:

    This is what is most disappointing about our electoral process. We spend far too much time discussing the moral integrity of the candidates. What we do not spend enough time doing is discussing the issues.

    Of course integrity matters! If Mark Foley is a sexual predator, then he should be in jail. End of discussion.

    Instead, we have so much mud slinging going back and forth the only thing that seems to distinguish Mark Foley is that somebody actually had the goods on him. So he had to resign.

    In reality, most of the people in our political leadership are relatively decent people. Yet even decent people have their faults. With all the media coverage these days, we already know too much about the faults of the people who lead us. Do we have to exaggerate their faults too?

    If the House leadership knew about Foley, the story will come out. Let’s wait patiently for the whole story. Let’s remember that when there is a breaking story, the news media is not known for accuracy.

    There is an election in November. Would anybody like to discuss what the candidates intend to do if they get elected?

  • t says:

    Hopefully they intend to outlaw abortion, and promote school prayer.

  • anon says:

    Citizen Tom – We already know that the House leadership knew about Foley and his disgusting behavior because Hastert, Reynolds, Shimkus, Alexander and others said they knew. We don’t “have to wait for the story to come out” because they already admitted that they knew.

    “Would anybody like to discuss what the candidates will do if they get elected?” Yes Citizen Tom, I would like to know that when a sexual predator is trolling for boys on Capitol Hill, that other elected Congressman who know about this would stop them. That is the question I would like answered.

    Let’s just say that right now, there is another “Foley” in Congress right now doing the same thing.
    Do you have confidence the leadership would turn him in? I don’t. I believe that if there was another Congressman trying to make sure another 16 year-old boy “was alright,” the leadership would cover it up.

    Is there anyone here who believes differently? Anyone?

  • Citizen Tom says:

    anon – Is the glass half empty or half full?

    What we don’t know is whether there was a cover-up. All we know is that Congressman Mark Foley’s actions have created an ugly mess, and no one wants to be tarred with the mess.

    Apparently, Foley’s inappropriate conduct began to come to light early this year. Since then, Foley has resigned. Why should we have expected this issue to progress more rapidly? Why do we have to accept news media insinuations that there was a deliberate cover-up — that the glass is half empty?

    Consider that we have an election coming up in November, and we have had four Republican congressman forced to resign amid scandals during the course of the last year. That is messy, but it also contains a positive note. A Republican Congress will not tolerate such people.

  • anon says:

    Tom – Are you nuts? You say this, “Why do we have to accept news media insinuations that there was a deliberate cover-up — that the glass is half empty?”

    We cannot blame the media here. Hastert, Reynolds, Alexander and Shimkus ADMIT they knew about his months ago and nothing happened to Foley. All Foley was told is “don’t do it again – leave the kid alone.” That is from the words of the leadership – not the media.

    You also say “A Republican Congress will tolerate such people.” How can you say this? The Republican leadership DID tolerate this. They knew almost a year ago and they did NOTHING to Foley. They tolerated his behavior. Foley did not resign when the leadership found out, he only resigned when the media got the e-mails.

    The leadership failed and that is indefensible. Not all”scandals” are black and white. This one is.

    You say there is a positive note here. I fail to find anything positive about a Congressman trolling for boy pages and a leadership not stopping him when they find out. Anyone who knew about this, R or D should be out of Congress – no questions asked. This is one of the most reprehensible cases of putting self-interested political power over doing what is right that I have ever witnessed.

  • Citizen Tom says:

    anon – I said a Republican Congress will NOT tolerate such people.

    Foley has resigned. While it may not have happened as fast as you might have liked, it happen. Anyone who ever said justice was speedy knew nothing about speed with which the wheels of government turn.

  • anon says:

    You’re right – typo on my part.

    The fact remains, the congressional leaders DID tolerate this behavior. The “wheels of govenrment” as you put it, turned slow because Hastert, Reynolds, Shimkus and Alexander did not turn Foley in. They enabled Foley to continue preying on young boys.

    You wrote – “Foley has resigned. While it may not have happened as fast as you might have liked, it happened.”

    It did “not happen as fast as I like Tom, because the leadership did not stop Foley from stalking boys for sex. Foley only resigned when the media found out. Foley was perfectly free to pursue boys while the knowledge of his behavior was only known by his own leaders.

    If this story did not come to the attention of the MSM, Foley would still be at the compuer with his pants down e-mailing young boys.

  • pvogel says:

    power corrupts
    absolute power corrupts

    this is just the result off too much republicans

  • James Young says:

    To those who don’t like my attempt at humor (I thought it was pretty funny), and attack even the notion that one should make jokes at the expense of a pervert, I would note that being incredibly earnest is a characteristic that I mostly associate with Libs/Dems …. er, never mind.

  • Citizen Tom says:

    Anon – I have it from an informed source that old people tend to dislike haste. Old people tend to be more conservative for reason. The old understand the difference between foresight and hindsight. They understand from long experience that foresight is simply a good guess whereas hindsight only seems to make everything crystal clear.

    Consider. Haven’t we all been guilty of beginning a rant with the phrase, “why if I had been there….” The older I get, the less I imagine my being “there” would have made any discernable difference. If I ever become wise, I suspect I will have stopped worrying altogether about what I would have done.

  • Breaux says:

    How do republicans on The Hill seperate the men from the boys?

    They use a crowbar!

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