Foley's Chicks Come Home to Roost
So Representative Mark Foley of Florida's 16th Congressional District has resigned.
So Representative Mark Foley of Florida's 16th Congressional District has resigned.Why? Sexually explicit emails between him and a congressional page who was 16 at the time (August, 2005). Gross? Not only disgusting-gross, but a gross abuse of power. Let me spell it out for you:
H is for homophobia. To associate Foley's crimes with his homosexuality rather than his pedophilia, like Cliff Kincaid, is a form of passive homophobia.
Y is for younger. A 16-year-old page is much younger than 50-year old Congressman. If I dated a girl a third my age, she'd be all of eight (and two thirds!).
P is for predation. To attempt to seduce subordinates from a position of power is sexual predation. If Foley worked in your office, someone from Human Resources would have explained appropriate comments, clothing, and behavior.
C is for Caucus. Foley was chairman of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus; maybe someone said "caucus" too slowly and he just misunderstood.
R is for representatives. Foley is no longer a member of the House of Representatives.
I is for incredible. It's incredible that a man could write laws outlawing the online solicitation of sex from a minor, then break those very laws.
T is for tantalizing. The media found some of Foley's instant messenger conversations too tantalizing to reprint. More tantalizing than asking about penis size? Damn.
E is for enough. Enough is enough. The Republicans let the fox guard the hen-house, so let's make them surrender their house. Both of 'em, in fact.