By now you’ve heard about Mark Foley, the disgraced Republican Congressman who withdrew his bid for reelection after some unsavory emails between and a 16-year old boy surfaced last week. At first he tried to play the emails off as nothing more than friendly banter, but then more conversations with other boys popped up and, well, Foley dropped out.
So, what did these emails say? Among the salacious tidbits, Foley asked an underage boy, “Do I make you a little horny?” The kid admitted that Foley did, in fact, make him “a little” horny – which is much more than Foley makes us, we’ll say – to which Foley replied “Cool.” Yeah, it certainly is – or was until all this came out.
Later, Foley inquired, “You in your boxers, too? … Well, strip down and get relaxed.” Oh boy, this is going to get really, really ugly.
The best part of this whole thing is that in July, as part of his work with the Missing and Exploited Caucus, Foley introduced a bill that will help protect guppies from internet predators. Much of his work went to improving the sex offender registry, a registry it looks like he may be joining in the near future.
In another twist to this sordid tale, it seems GOP leaders have know about the initial conversation with the congressional page since 2005, but kept it quiet lest they lose a seat in Congress. Now that the cover’s been blown, so to speak, Republicans and Democrats are calling for a full investigation.
Despite all the hoopla, Foley still garners praise from former pages. In The New York Times, Patrick McDonald’s quoted as saying:
And he made himself known to the pages in the first couple of weeks, befriending us, asking us how we were doing. He was one of the cool congressmen. He was willing to chill out with us.
While it may have seemed that way back in the day, now we know Foley was just trying to get a lay.
We can’t wait to see what comes of this mess. What we can’t understand is why politicians continue to leave scandalous paper trails. Can’t they just find a nice truck stop, get a blow job, and be done with it?