The only thing keeping Americans and the rest of the world from knowing how big the ethics scandals are in the US Congress is the Republican Majority itself. The Republicans will not vote for or authorize investigations of its members in the House, Senate, or the White House. This leaves the FBI, the press, and the internet to battle the Republicans to discover the facts and the truth and get them communicated. The House leadership knew about these e-mails of Rep. Foley's months ago and failed to act. Like the Roman Catholic Church, it protected a pedophile in its own ranks because it needed Foley's vote and seat. A closeted pedophile Republican Congressman has been exposed. I would not be surpised if Rep. Foley winds up dead very soon under mysterious circumstances. He could be D.C.'s next Vince Foster. He is suddenly very inconvenient for the Republican's as we in the US enter our midterm Federal elections.
Scientology will of course not help Foley with any auditing now because Foley is an SP. The House and Senate Republican leadership denounced Foley and called for his criminal prosecution. This does not explain why the leadership did not denounce Foley months ago when they discovered he was a pedophile. This will be a huge issue in the upcoming November elections and it will be one the many reasons that the Republicans will lose big. Foley had everyone fooled. He posed as a good Christian man who was tough on criminals. The blogs are going nuclear on Republican hypocrisy:
Projecting much, Rep. Foley?
The hits just keep on coming these days, folks.
Remember this: Whenever you hear a Republican Congresscritter or Senator bleat about gay marriage or gay sex practices, you can bet you're listening to a closet case. When you hear a Republican Congresscritter or Senator bleat about teenage sex and abstinence, you can bet you're listening to a pedophile.
These guys are so ashamed of themselves, what they think, what they do in secret, what they think about in the dead of night when the stress of living their lying lives of faux-virtue, that the only way they can cope is to try to pass laws to stop all the OTHER people from sinking into the perversion pits they feel they live in. That most of us go happily on our way, that we DON'T make advances at high school kids, that we don't fantasize about sex with children, that those of us who are gay are perfectly comfortable with that and those of us who are straight have gay friends and still manage to stay married, never occurs to them. Now it may in fact be that the Christian predicament is to be a betting chip between God and Satan while they play Skee-Ball in Keansburg and Satan gets bonus points for getting Christians to fall, but I think it's more a case of people who can't behave themselves without this punitive structure around them.
Today's representative of Christian hypocrisy is Florida Rep. Mark Foley, who apparently had a correspondence with a 16-year-old male Congressional page that freaked the page out so much he alerted Congressional staffers because it gave him the creeps.
But here's the kicker: Mark Foley is the Co-chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children Caucus.
Just the way arsonists sign up to become volunteer firemen.
So next time you see a Republican ranting about sex, just remember: He's telling you more about himself than he is about you.
The media is going nuclear on the Republicans. IMO, Foley is the guy who just broke the Republican dam. Everything is going to fall apart for the Republicans in the next eight weeks. A beligerent Iran does not help. I look for Scientology to use this situation to pontificate and moralize even as it continues to hide the pedophiles in its ranks.
WASHINGTON - Rep. Thomas Reynolds (news, bio, voting record), head of the House Republican election effort, said Saturday he told SpeakerDennis Hastert months ago about concerns that a fellow GOP lawmaker had sent inappropriate messages to a teenage boy. Hastert's office said aides referred the matter to the proper authorities last fall but they were only told the messages were "over-friendly."
Reynolds, R-N.Y., was told about e-mails sent by Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record) and is now defending himself from Democratic accusations that he did too little. Foley, R-Fla., resigned Friday after ABC News questioned him about the e-mails to a former congressional page and about sexually suggestive instant messages to other pages.
"The improper communications between Congressman Mark Foley and former House Congressional pages is unacceptable and abhorrent. It is an obscene breach of trust," Hastert, R-Ill., Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said in a written statement Saturday evening. "His immediate resignation must now be followed by the full weight of the criminal justice system."
The House leaders said it is their duty to ensure House pages are safe. They said they are creating a toll-free hot line for pages and their families to call to confidentially report any incidents, and will consider adopting new rules on communications between lawmakers and pages.
The boy who received the e-mails was 16 in the summer of 2005 when he worked in Congress as a page. After the boy returned to his Louisiana home, the congressman e-mailed him. The teenager thought the messages were inappropriate, particularly one in which Foley asked the teen to send a picture of himself.
The teen's family contacted their congressman, Rep. Rodney Alexander (news, bio, voting record), R-La., who then discussed the problem with Reynolds sometime this spring.
"Rodney Alexander brought to my attention the existence of e-mails between Mark Foley and a former page of Mr. Alexander's," Reynolds, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a written statement Saturday.
"Despite the fact that I had not seen the e-mails in question, and Mr. Alexander told me that the parents didn't want the matter pursued, I told the speaker of the conversation Mr. Alexander had with me," Reynolds said.
Hastert said he does not remember talking to Reynolds about the Foley e-mails, but did not dispute Reynolds' account.
"While the speaker does not explicitly recall this conversation, he has no reason to dispute Congressman Reynolds' recollection that he reported to him on the problem and its resolution," Hastert's aides said in a preliminary report on the matter issued Saturday.
The report includes a lengthy timeline detailing when they first learned of the worrisome e-mail in the fall of 2005, after a staffer for Alexander told Hastert's office the family wanted Foley to stop contacting their son. Alexander's staffer did not share the contents of the e-mail, saying it was not sexual but "over-friendly," the report says.
Hastert's aides referred the matter to the Clerk of the House, and "mindful of the sensitivity of the parent's wishes to protect their child's privacy and believing that they had promptly reported what they knew to the proper authorities," they did not discuss it with others in Hastert's office â€” including, apparently, their boss.
After the issue was referred to the clerk, it was passed along to the congressman who oversees the page program, Rep. John Shimkus (news, bio, voting record), R-Ill.
Shimkus has said he learned about the e-mail exchange in late 2005 and took immediate action to investigate.
He said Foley told him it was an innocent exchange. Shimkus said he warned Foley not to have any more contact with the teenager and to respect other pages.
Democrats charged Reynolds did far too little and said more digging should be done.
"Congressman Reynolds' inaction in the face of such a serious situation is very troubling, and raises important questions about whether there was an attempt to cover up criminal activity involving a minor to keep it from coming to light before Election Day," said
Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Karen Finney.
New York Democrats hoping to unseat Reynolds blasted the congressman, saying they call into question the Republican's values.
"Mr. Reynolds knew about these allegedly inappropriate e-mails from a fellow congressman to a minor for months and didn't lift a finger," said Blake Zeff, a spokesman for the state Democrats.