Saturday, September 30, 2006

Hastert/GOP Leadership Covered Up Foley Pedophilia?

This sounds prettty bad:

Six-term Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigned yesterday amid reports that he had sent sexually explicit e-mails to at least one underage male former page.


The resignation rocked the Capitol, and especially Foley's GOP colleagues, as lawmakers were rushing to adjourn for at least six weeks. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of some "contact" between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), and that Hastert assured him "we're taking care of it."

It was not immediately clear what actions Hastert took. His spokesman had said earlier that the speaker did not know of the sexually charged e-mails between Foley and the boy.


At the Capitol Hill signing ceremony for the commissions bill, a GOP campaign priority, reporters asked Hastert only about Foley. "He's done the right thing," Hastert replied. "I've asked John Shimkus [R-Ill.], who is head of the Page Board, to look into this issue regarding Congressman Foley. We want to make sure that all of our pages are safe and our page system is safe. None of us are happy about it."

ABC News reported yesterday that it had interviewed Foley, 52, about excerpts of instant messages provided by current and former pages under the age of 18. ABC reported that Foley, under the AOL Instant Messenger screen name Maf54, made repeated references to sexual acts and body parts. Foley's spokesman did not respond to a Washington Post request for comment on the ABC report.

Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), who sponsored the page from his district, said he had learned of some of the online exchanges from a reporter some months ago and passed on the information to Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Republican campaign organization, the Associated Press reported. Alexander said he did not pursue the matter further because "his parents said they didn't want me to do anything."

Carl Forti, a spokesman for the GOP campaign organization, said Reynolds learned from Alexander that the parents did not want to pursue the matter, AP reported.

Shimkus said in a statement last night, "in late 2005, I was notified by the then Clerk of the House," that Alexander had told the Clerk "about an email exchange between Congressman Foley and a former House Page. I took immediate action to investigate the matter."

Okay, so let's get this straight. They've known about Foley 's sexual email exchanges as far back as late 2005 and all they did is "investigate the matter." How long did it take to investigate? What did the investigation turn up? What was done about Representative Foley's actions.

This is a real scandal. The "Do Nothing" Republican leadership apparently knew it had a pedophile in its membership and it did nothing to put a stop to his criminal behavior.

We need an independent investigation of this matter straight away. The American people deserve to know if the Republican leadership cared more about its majority in the House than it did about the safety of the teenagers who worked as House pages.

When the voters finally kick Hastert's ass out of Congress, there's a job waiting for him as head of the Archdiocese of Boston.
Same goes for Majority Leader Boehner and NRCC chair Tom Reynolds, who just guaranteed a GOP victory this November.

No wonder Reynolds guaranteed it. He wasn't willing to take down a pedophile member of his own caucus because he weants to maintain his party's majority.

What a bunch of fucking evil motherfuckers.
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