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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 03:48 PM
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Foley liked to do Bill Clinton impressions
who's laughing now, you perverted POS? :rofl:

Oct. 16, 2006 issue - In uptight, colorless Washington, Congressman Mark Foley, 52, Republican of Florida, was a bon vivant. He loved parties and making jokes; he did a wicked Bill Clinton imitation; he loved to talk about sex. He had to be a little bit careful, however. A gay man, he might bring a boyfriend to private parties, friends say, but when he appeared on the official cocktail circuit, he went alone or with a woman.

He also hid, or tried to hide, his interest in younger menmuch younger men, including the teenagers who can be seen scurrying around Capitol Hill toting the mail and taking in, at least in theory, a firsthand civics lesson. The House pages, the 70-or-so high-schoolers who spend up to a year in Washington running errands for congressmen, live in a squat red-brick dormitory at 501 First Street Southeast, less than five blocks from the Capitol. The building once housed Roman Catholic nuns who worked at a nearby hospital. The teenage pages are chaperoned by six staffers and are warned to stay away from drugs and alcohol. Only steps away from the pages' dorm is a bar called Bullfeathers, where lobbyists take Hill staffers to down martinis. Two blocks away is the Cannon House Office Building, where Congressman Foley had his office.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15178112/site/newsweek/
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slaveplanet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 04:43 PM
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1. Long article ,
still reading ... but here's an interesting observation they make:

"Some staffers may believe that their place at the pinnacle of power could be compromised if their private lives were publicly known."


The truth is, even more damage can be done via compromise, If their private lives are kept privately known by the people that are compromising them.

Why on earth, would newsweek fail to point out this grave security threat as well?
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slaveplanet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:37 PM
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2. It does have a good timeline though
I didn't know this all started unfolding on the 24th?

But it is also true that liberal and gay activist bloggers picked up the scent. While the newspapers did not believe that the e-mails revealed enough evidence of wrongdoing to publish them, the blogs had fewer compunctions. On Sept. 24, a site called stopsexpredators.blogspot.com published scanned images of Foley's e-mails to the pages, and within hours, the widely read liberal blog Daily Kos provided a link to the mystery blogger.

Over at ABC news, veteran investigative reporter Brian Ross had known about the Foley e-mails for some time, but he was distracted by more pressing stories. After the story was already out on the Internet, Ross published portions of the e-mails on his own blog, The Blotter.

The ABC blog seems to have opened the floodgates. Overnight, other former congressional pages began sending Ross much racier instant messages sent out by Foley, suggesting that the congressman had engaged in Internet sex and was angling for trysts. An ABC producer called Foley's office and read his staff some of the messages.

Foley was having lunch at his Capitol Hill town house with his old friend and former aide Kirk Fordham and other campaign advisers when they heard about the ABC inquiry. The congressman had already responded to the earlier, more benign e-mails with a statement brushing them off and accusing his Democratic opponent of smear tactics. On the phone, Foley told a friend, "It's worse. There are new e-mails and they're very graphic." Foley knew he was finished. Fordham walked over to GOP headquarters and shared the information with Reynolds and Hastert, according to a source who was present (and asked for anonymity given the delicacy of the situation). Fordham brought back a draft resignation letter; Foley signed it that evening. Fordham tried to win Foley some cover by offering ABC's Ross an exclusive on Foley's resignation if Ross agreed not to print the seamier messages. But Ross wasn't buying. Foley signed a short resignation letter and was in his car, a BMW, driving south for Florida by that evening.
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