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House of Representatives 2006 Foley Resigns Intern Scandal

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#1 Spectacles

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 03:08 PM

At first, it looked like Foley was not going to seek re-election in response to this. Latest news is that he's resigned.

http://blogs.abcnews..._resigns_o.html
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#2 Zwolf

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 04:03 PM

Yikes.  Sounds like they uncovered worse stuff.  I'd heard that a 16-year-old had reported being uncomfortable with some stuff this guy was e-mailing, but it wasn't explicit, just creepy - asking "what do you want for your birthday" and asking 'em to send him pics of them.  Looks like some worse stuff was turned up.

Okay, I just found this, which is also creepy.  Foley was the co-chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children Caucus - not a position for a guy who sends underage staffers explicit e-mails.   This sounds like another Mike Echols case, of a pedophile "hiding in plain sight."

Mike Echols wrote a book called I Know My First Name Is Stephen and ran a website that was purported to be against child molesters... but it actually had links to a bunch of child molester sites and Echols had a "page for kids" where they were supposed to tell him if anybody did anything appropriate with them online.  This was likely so he could tip off his child-molester buddies, because the guy was a fraud.  People from Andrew Vachss's website pretty much took Echols down and exposed him.

So, I'm wondering if this Foley guy wasn't on those committees in order to (a) seem above suspicion and (b) keep tabs on his "enemy."

Too freakin' creepy...

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 06:42 PM

You know, I wouldn't let a child of mine be an "intern" around the rich and powerful for all the tea in China.  We had a president of our university forced to resign over similar behavior with his cadre of attractive young male interns.  The young women always wondered why they were turned down for the positions.  He doubled by compromising children of powerful people in the community, so that they wouldn't blow the whistle lest people think their sons were gay.  It took the Charlotte Observer to come down and write an expose'.  He would invite the boys into his bedroom in the middle of the night to help with his "back problems" and for gifts gave them lavender bathrobes with his monogram on them.

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 07:54 PM

Hastart has a lot of 'splainin to do, considering he's known about this for the better part of a year and still left the guy as chair of the Missing and Exploited Children Caucus, and helped cover up the whole thing! Great guy to put in charge - a man who writes sexually explicit stuff to 16-year-old boys.

I certainly hope he gets called on it, too.

Foley had a little bondage thing going on, too - he told one of the kids he fantasized about doing stuff to people in casts. :barf:

Edited by Rhea, 29 September 2006 - 08:08 PM.

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 08:05 AM

Only one group can bring the requisite intelligence and gravitas to an issue of this import: the Unfoggedtariat.

[Reading the comments is a must.]

#6 Spectacles

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 11:04 AM

Jeez....Is it too much to ask a Congressman from Florida to spell Pensacola correctly?
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Posted 30 September 2006 - 01:30 PM

Don't know how long he's been in Fla. but Foley is originally from Mass.
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Posted 30 September 2006 - 06:06 PM

View PostRhea, on Sep 29 2006, 07:54 PM, said:

Hastart has a lot of 'splainin to do, considering he's known about this for the better part of a year and still left the guy as chair of the Missing and Exploited Children Caucus, and helped cover up the whole thing! Great guy to put in charge - a man who writes sexually explicit stuff to 16-year-old boys.

I certainly hope he gets called on it, too.

Foley had a little bondage thing going on, too - he told one of the kids he fantasized about doing stuff to people in casts. :barf:

So now a little light is shed on the Torture debate.

[Hibblette strokes her chin the way Jon Stewart does]

This is disgusting on many levels. :glare:
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Posted 30 September 2006 - 06:17 PM

Here's Foley on Clinton's "sexual addiction":

http://www.sptimes.c...es_through.html


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Republicans were aghast at Clinton's behavior, with many saying it showed he had lied and abused his power.

"It's vile," said Rep. Mark Foley, R-West Palm Beach. "It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction."


The irony of living in a glass house....
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Posted 30 September 2006 - 06:38 PM

I'll bet you anything you like he's got a nice homophobic rant on the record, as well as one decrying the vile depravities of those who pray on children.  Any takers?

Edited by Anarch, 30 September 2006 - 06:39 PM.


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Posted 30 September 2006 - 06:57 PM

Your on:

http://www.brainyquo...mark_foley.html

My favorites:

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I have said repeatedly that in this country we track library books better than we do sex offenders.

:howling:

This one is interesting:

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I am and have always been a strong proponent of public education. But by the virtue of its very nature - publicly funded schools cannot offer the type of spiritual education that Catholic schools have long provided.

Here's a good one

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Pointing fingers, trying to catch each other in scandal does not bring honor to this House.

and the icing on the cake

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The Adam Walsh Act is the most comprehensive piece of child protection legislation this Congress has ever considered. The bill creates, among other things, new State and Federal regulations, community notification requirements, as well as new Federal criminal penalties for sex offenders.

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#12 Anarch

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 07:02 PM

Just what I thought.   And if I were in a more vengeful mood, I'd look up every one of his votes on the various gay marriage acts that have come up in the Senate.  Of course, there'd be no point: he likes'em under the age of consent anyway...

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 07:03 PM

Actually, I think he supported ENDA and some other gay rights legislation (though not enough to get him kicked out of the GOP), but I'm pretty sure he's railed against those who prey on minors. After all, he headed that committee. (ETA: I see Hibblette has found some quotes.)

What irks me (among other things) is that his behavior will reinforce the confusion between homosexuality and pedophilia or pederasty in some people's minds and thereby feed their homophobia. I am sick to death of any elements in gay male culture that normalize this kind of crap. They're in the minority, but they're there. And they're all across the political spectrum.

I mean, what in the hell was this 52 year-old-man thinking? If adults want to engage in online sex talk, it's up to them. But to carry on that kind of conversation with a 16 year old kid whose mom is yelling at him because he needs to do his homework? Obviously, Foley wasn't thinking but was acting out of some sort of compulsion, one so strong that he exposed himself, literally and figuratively, to a kid.

I'm 51. I'm maternal as hell toward anyone under 40. I cannot conceive of a desire to be in a sexual relationship, virtual or not, with a much-younger person. There's something so terribly unrealistic and pathetic about it. And when you're looking at a 52 year-old Congressman coming on to a 16 year-old page who has to get offline to do his homework... :crazy:

If Foley has any sort of awareness at all, he has to be the most humiliated man in America right now. While I think his actions are scummy and he needs help, I do hope he has a supportive network of friend who are keeping an eye on him right now. I'm afraid the next news we hear about him is that he committed suicide. I should think he feels that his life is ruined about now. And for the kid's sake, I hope his identity remains a secret.

Edited by Spectacles, 30 September 2006 - 07:05 PM.

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 10:48 PM

Sadly, if he were coming on to young female pages, he would have been more likely to get away with it.  The crucial question for me, however, is whether he ever went farther than onlline porn talk: has he had sex with young boys?

This casts a whole new light on his preference for the "spiritual" value of attending Catholic school.

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Posted 01 October 2006 - 09:35 AM

And now it looks like everybody who knew about it and covered up for Foley, especially Reynolds and Hastert, is going to take a big fall, as they should. They were more worried about protecting this man than they were about protecting the pages. Guess we now where THEIR priorities are.
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Posted 01 October 2006 - 09:39 AM

I think the Repubs are about to find out who their true employers are... :whistle:
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Posted 01 October 2006 - 10:20 AM

Call it the GOPP--Grand Old Pedophile Party


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Republican Congressman Mark Foley abruptly resigned from Congress after "sexually explicit" emails surfaced showing him flirting with a 16-year old boy.

Republican executive Randall Casseday of the conservative Washington Times newspaper was arrested for soliciting sex from a 13-year old girl on the internet.

Republican chairman of the Oregon Christian Coalition Lou Beres confessed to molesting a 13-year old girl.

Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd was arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex with an 8-year old girl. Floyd has repeatedly won elections for Denton County, Texas, constable.

Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.

Republican petition drive manager Tom Randall pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 14, one of them the daughter of an associate in the petition business.

Republican County Chairman Armando Tebano was arrested for sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl.

Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.
Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker is a convicted child molester.

Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.

Republican Mayor Tom Adams was arrested for distributing child pornography over the internet.

Republican Mayor John Gosek was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.

Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.

Republican Committeeman John R. Curtain was charged with molesting a teenage boy and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.

Republican zoning supervisor, Boy Scout leader and Lutheran church president Dennis L. Rader pleaded guilty to performing a sexual act on an 11-year old girl he murdered.

Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.

Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.

Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.

Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.

Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was sentenced to six years in prison for molesting two 8-year old girls, one of whom appeared in an anti-Gore television commercial.

Republican activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.

Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.

Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.

Republican activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.

Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.

Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.

Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline was placed under house arrest for child molestation and possession of child pornography.

Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.

Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.

Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD.

Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.

Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.

Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.

Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.

Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.

Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.

Republican legislator Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).

Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was found guilty of molesting a 15-year old girl.

Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child.

Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl.

Republican candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two daughters.

Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl.

Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.

Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.

Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.

Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.

Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.

Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a "good military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.

Republican campaign worker, police officer and self-proclaimed reverend Steve Aiken was convicted of having sex with two underage girls.

Republican director of the "Young Republican Federation" Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Republican president of the New York City Housing Development Corp. Russell Harding pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer.

Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.

Republican Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the rape of children in Iraqi prisons in order to humiliate their parents into providing information about the anti-American insurgency. See excerpt of one prisoner's report here and his full report here.


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Posted 01 October 2006 - 10:27 AM

View Postwaterpanther, on Oct 1 2006, 10:20 AM, said:

Call it the GOPP--Grand Old Pedophile Party


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Republican Congressman Mark Foley abruptly resigned from Congress after "sexually explicit" emails surfaced showing him flirting with a 16-year old boy.

Republican executive Randall Casseday of the conservative Washington Times newspaper was arrested for soliciting sex from a 13-year old girl on the internet.

Republican chairman of the Oregon Christian Coalition Lou Beres confessed to molesting a 13-year old girl.

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Republican Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the rape of children in Iraqi prisons in order to humiliate their parents into providing information about the anti-American insurgency. See excerpt of one prisoner's report here and his full report here.


Repub Pedophiles

This whole list is sickening...I couldn't read the whole thing.  But the last part makes my blood run cold.

Now-so that we won't be accused of being one sided-is there a list like this for the Democrats?

I believe in knowing all. :eh:
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Posted 01 October 2006 - 10:41 AM

As a general rule of thumb, no.  Democratic scandals tend to involve consensual sex -- it's how we roll, baby :devil:

Edited by Anarch, 01 October 2006 - 10:42 AM.


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Posted 01 October 2006 - 10:43 AM

I don't know, Hibblette.  I Googled "Republican Pedophiles," and this list came right up.  A Google for "Democratic Pedophiles" didn't yield anything comparable.  

(Note--suggest that anyone who wants to start a rant on "comparable" do the search first.  In fact, the search didn't yield much of anything about possible Dem pedophiles.)
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