Friday, September 29, 2006

Can't Be Surprised About This Kind of Thing Anymore

From the Congressman's website, the last two news releases:

7/11/2006

FOLEY INTRODUCES SWEEPING LEGISLATION ATTACKING INTERNET CHILD PORN INDUSTRY
WASHINGTON - Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) introduced legislation last night along with Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) that goes after the Internet child porn industry and for the first time would hold credit card companies and Internet service providers accountable if they knowingly facilitate child pornography.

7/21/2006
FOLEY CHILD SAFETY LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE
WASHINGTON - Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL), Co-chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children Caucus, applauded Senate passage of legislation he authored and introduced overhauling our nation’s sex offender registration and notification laws.

And from the news today...
9/29/2006

ABC News
Foley Resigns Over Sexually Explicit Messages to Minors
September 29, 2006 3:02 PM

Brian Ross and Maddy Sauer Report:
Saying he was "deeply sorry," Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned from Congress today, hours after ABC News questioned him about sexually explicit internet messages with current and former congressional pages under the age of 18.

A spokesman for Foley, the chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, said the congressman submitted his resignation in a letter late this afternoon to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

Hours earlier, ABC News had read excerpts of instant messages provided by former male pages who said the congressman, under the AOL Instant Messenger screen name Maf54, made repeated references to sexual organs and acts.

In a statement, Foley said, "I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent."

2 Comments:

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Peter said...

I wonder if he'll be prosecuted under his own law... I think that's what we in the English trade refer to as "irony."

 
At 6:18 AM, Anonymous Lex said...

It's entirely possible. And the lagniappe: Cybersex with a 16-year-old is a crime. Real-world sex with a 16-year-old, at least in the District, is perfectly legal.

More fun: House Speaker Denny Hastert apparently was told almost a year ago about this sleazeball and did nothing. Even some of the hardcore GOP bloggers are now saying Hastert should step down as speaker.

 

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