Monday, October 09, 2006

Foley messages go back to 2000?

The Washington Post continues to peel the onion of the Foley Affair with an article by Jonathan Weisman, “Lawmaker Saw Foley Messages In 2000.”

“...A Republican congressman knew of disgraced former representative Mark Foley’s inappropriate Internet exchanges as far back as 2000 and personally confronted Foley about his communications. A spokeswoman for Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) confirmed yesterday that a former page showed the congressman Internet messages that had made the youth feel uncomfortable with the direction Foley (R-Fla.) was taking their e-mail relationship...”

The article continues with this trading of accusations from across the aisle:

“...In a sharp exchange on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), the vice chairman of the House Republican Conference, insinuated that Democrats were behind the revelations of Foley’s actions and the release of electronic messages showing Foley having sexually graphic or highly suggestive conversations with former pages.

“‘What I don’t understand is where have these e-mails been for three years? Are we saying that a 15-year-old child would have sat on e-mails that were triple-X-rated for three years and suddenly spring them out right on the eve of an election? That’s just a little bit too suspicious, even for Washington, D.C.," Kingston said.

“Rep. Martin T. Meehan (D-Mass.) shot back, ‘If there’s any evidence that you need that the values in Washington have turned upside down, you could just hear what Jack had to say. Only in Washington, D.C., can you take a group of people in charge of the House and basically have evidence that they’ve been looking the other way while a predator has been . . . going after 15- and 16-year-old pages, [and] they somehow . . . have the audacity to turn that into a political attack against Democrats.’”

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