Friday, September 29, 2006

Irony-Deficient Congressman Suddenly Resigns

This just in: the Republican chair of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, sponsor of H.R.5749 -- Title: To amend title 18, United States Code, to protect youth from exploitation by adults using the Internet, and for other purposes -- has suddenly resigned after a 16-year-old page showed people some creepy email the Congressman had sent to him.
WASHINGTON - Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., resigned from Congress on Friday, effective immediately, in the wake of questions about e-mails he wrote a former teenage male page.

"I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent," he said in a statement issued by his office.

The two-sentence statement did not refer to the e-mails and gave no reason for Foley's abrupt decision to abandon a flourishing career in Congress.

Foley, 52, had been a shoo-in for a new term until the e-mail correspondence surfaced in recent days. Foley resigns from Congress over e-mails

They're always so sorry ... after they're caught.

I'm skipping most of this story. You know ... allegations the Congressman was gay ... asked the kid for pictures ... said it was innocent ...

Oh, and this:
"They've been shopping this around to reporters for weeks now. They want a headline and that's it. It's a political smear campaign of the worst kind," [Foley spokesman Jason ] Kello said.

Yes, that is the worst kind of smear, isn't it? The true ones. Absolutely the worst.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Times employee arrested in sting
September 27, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Metropolitan Police today charged the director of human resources at The Washington Times with one count of attempting to entice a minor on the Internet.

Randall Casseday, 53, was arrested at 9:45 p.m. yesterday in the 1300 block of Brentwood Road NE, where police said he had arranged to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl. He had actually exchanged Internet messages and photographs with a male police officer posing as a girl.

"When he went there, he was met by police," police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/metro/20060927-054303-9103r.htm

September 30, 2006 7:16 AM  
Blogger Orin Ryssman said...

Jim writes, re. to the news item in question,

Oh, and this:

"They've been shopping this around to reporters for weeks now. They want a headline and that's it. It's a political smear campaign of the worst kind," [Foley spokesman Jason ] Kello said.

And you expected a low level PR lackey to say exactly what? Of course they are going to say something like this...yes, it is a smear campaign meant to shame and humiliate.

Oh, and yes, this (now) former member of Congress deserves exactly what he got.

Again Jim, writing more cynically than ever,

Yes, that is the worst kind of smear, isn't it? The true ones. Absolutely the worst.

Remember...one can only be accused of hypocrisy if one has standards of RIGHT and WRONG conduct...something that liberals more than conservatives fight against.

As I said, Foley got exactly wat he deserved...though I would have liked Foley presented with this choice:

Resign...or...be exposed. This would have given him an opportunity to preserve his public name.

September 30, 2006 10:23 AM  
Blogger JimK said...

I agree, Orin, he should have been given that choice. Instead, when the Republican leadership found out about this, a year ago, they didn't do anything. But hey, now that we've repealed the Magna Carta, kings get their old privileges back, right?

It sounds like they started warning new pages about him, and that's it.

JimK

September 30, 2006 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Monica Lewinsky was an adult.

October 01, 2006 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, there is a big difference between succumbing to the advances of a young woman in her early twenties and e-stalking a high school student. Foley is now gone. But Archbishop Hastert remains.

October 01, 2006 8:59 AM  
Blogger andrear said...

Orin, Unless I misunderstand, you are very wrong. Resign or be exposed???? So let Foley go quietly and no one knows he is a pervert on the internet and possibly in life? Isn't that what the church did? Let priests preserve their public name until they could go elsewhere and repeat what they did??

October 03, 2006 12:02 PM  
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