The nameplate is already gone from the office door of Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., and his Web site has gone dark. But the fallout from his apparently predatory behavior toward underage House pages has only just begun.
Now the FBI is checking to see whether Foley violated federal laws with his sexually suggestive e-mails. Also, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., wants the Justice Department to investigate Congress’ response once it learned one its members — a co-chairman of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus — seemed to be soliciting minors for sex.
Hastert’s request for a probe rings a bit hollow, given the timing. It appears that Foley has been doing this sort of thing for at least three years, and House members had seen some of the sexually charged messages a year ago. Not surprisingly, Democrats say the GOP was trying to protect a House seat in an election year.
As for Foley, he’s done what a lot of public figures do when their careers implode: checked into an alcohol treatment facility. Can a book be far behind?
Posted by Dave Knadler
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