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Foley resigns from Congress

  1. Sep 29, 2006 #1
    Just another politician at work...

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060929/ap_on_go_co/congressman_e_mails
     
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  3. Sep 29, 2006 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    He must be guilty as sin considering how quickly he resigned.
     
  4. Sep 29, 2006 #3

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    BobG posted a link - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15063977/ - in What will happen in the 2006 mid-term elections?
    :surprised :rolleyes: Talk about the Fox guarding the Chicken coop.

    Whatever happened to family values? :rolleyes:
     
  5. Sep 29, 2006 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    What? He was exploiting children; like the job title says...
     
  6. Sep 30, 2006 #5
    October surprise?

    And now it seems that Republican leadership knew about this all long, and didn't act! Hastert was complicit in this! This could be a major campaigning point for the DNC...
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060930/ap_on_go_co/foley_reynolds
     
  7. Sep 30, 2006 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    It looks like we have another gate - Foleygate.
     
  8. Sep 30, 2006 #7
    Apparently a lot of people knew about Foleys actions and did not inform authorities.
    According to the ABC video below High school kids were warned about Foley when they Came to D.C. as interns.

    http://www.wonkette.com/politics/abc/
     
  9. Sep 30, 2006 #8
    Ewwwwwwwwwww. I've seen those offices, and there are TONS of HOT female secretaries. Why molest underage boys when you can have hot legal women. :confused:

    I guess that's why he's a crazy nut-job.
     
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    Astronuc

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    After the fact - after the bull left the pen, they close the gate. :rolleyes: Or maybe the open a new gate as Ivan mentioned.
     
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    The implication being, that there are so many Congressionally-solicited pages that they need their own toll-free hot line. :confused:
     
  14. Oct 2, 2006 #13

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    No - I think the comment about the hotline (as in Runaway/Missing hotline, which many states and localities have) is a sarcastic remark concerning the fact that Foley was chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus.

    It's very sad to see this, but a psychologist reminded me that pedophiles usually endear themselves to children, e.g. Boy Scout leaders, Youth conselors in camps or religious institutions, and so on. In fact, when I was about 15, I had an interaction with a Boy Scout leader who was seemingly too friendly with the boys. When he invited me on a hike and then suggested I remove my clothes - in an area away from the other scouts - I pretty much concluded that he was a pedophile (although at the time I didn't know the term). I think others caught on too. He left scouting shortly after that, and another man took over the troop. I became less active in the scouts after that, and subsequently moved.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/02/washington/02pages.html

    Mentoring is a great privelege, but Foley abused it. It is a great shame, and also that the House leadership seemingly dismissed the early alarms. That speaks volumes for the leadership of this country - not the kind of leadership the country needs or deserves.
     
  15. Oct 2, 2006 #14

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2003285252_webfoley02.html

    Okay, he may also have an alcohol problem, but that's not THE problem.
     
  16. Oct 2, 2006 #15

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    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=2512011

    Who knew what and when did they know it?
     
  17. Oct 2, 2006 #16
    It seems that guys like Foley who advocate prison over treatment for drug addicts are the first to blame their problems on alcohol abuse and seek treatment.

    Or is this just the mid-term damage control for the Republicans, first Bob Ney, now Foley. I can't remember, did DeLay claim alcoholism?
     
  18. Oct 2, 2006 #17

    Ivan Seeking

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    There is talk of criminal charges.
     
  19. Oct 2, 2006 #18

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    This is critical. Apparently, the House GOP leadership was aware of this in 2005 and the people in the page program were aware of it, but did nothing apart from talking to Foley. Hastert first claimed that he knew nothing of Foley's contacts with the pages, and when evidence to the contrary arose, he changed his story to admit that he only knew of contacts that were "overly friendly". What is the problem here, boys and girls? When a Congressman is "overly friendly" to minor boys, isn't that a synonym for pedophilia? And nobody thought to look into things a bit? Everyone who knew of his activities and failed to act or to follow up appropriately should resign immediately, including Reynolds and Hastert, and anybody else who covered for this slime-ball. Their silence makes them complicit in pedophilia and they should be charged, as well.

    The people at the top (like Hastert) are grasping for "plausible deniability" to save their butts. I predict that the next step will be a "thorough" and very brief Congressional investigation that exonerates all the enablers at the top of the party, in the hope that the public will not demand a real investigation.
     
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  20. Oct 2, 2006 #19
    At the very least this demonstrates a huge failure of leadership. This should be a wake up call to Republicans that the leadership of their party is corrupt and incompetent.
     
  21. Oct 2, 2006 #20
    Apparently, hypocracy on the conservative Christian right, has no bounds!
     
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