As everyone surely now knows, The Drudge Report has solved the Mark Foley mystery. As you know, Republicans are all about taking responsibility for one's actions. As they demonstrate here, they are indeed taking responsibility--for having an innocent "prank" about pedophilia (nice sense of humor, guys) fall into the hands of evil Democrats (oxymoron?). We just just picture Bill and Hill and Monica, hunched over the computer, copying, pasting and sending Foley's prank out to the masses.
XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX THU OCT 5 2006 2:53:48 ET XXXXX
CLAIM: FILTHY FOLEY ONLINE MESSAGES WERE PAGE PRANK GONE AWRY
**Must Credit the DRUDGE REPORT**
According to two people close to former congressional page Jordan Edmund, the now famous lurid AOL Instant Message exchanges that led to the resignation of Mark Foley were part of an online prank that by mistake got into the hands of enemy political operatives, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.
According to one Oklahoma source who knows the former page very well, Edmund, a conservative Republican, goaded Foley to type embarrassing comments that were then shared with a small group of young Hill politicos. The prank went awry when the saved IM sessions got into the hands of political operatives favorable to Democrats. This source, an ally of Edmund, also adamantly proclaims that the former page is not a homosexual. The prank scenario was confirmed by a second associate of Edmund.
The news come on the heels that former FBI Chief Louis Freeh has been named to investigate the mess.
Meanwhile, OC musician and liberal activist Ron Kobayashi sent us the following message about Foley and hypocrites.
I'm sure you've heard about the latest Republican hypocrite, Florida congressman Mark Foley. He is a Right Wing "Family Values" Republican who chaired a committee to fight child predators. It seems this "Family Values" congressman actually pursued sex with teenage boys over the Internet. The irony is that these Conservatives who preach morality and family values are the very ones committing the acts they rail against.
And for those of you who think this is an isolated incident for Right Wing Republicans, check out the list below. I copied this list from a newsgroup. Each entry can be verified through an Internet search.
(Warning: I apologize in advance for sending you something that will make you sick to your stomach, but I think it is important that people be aware of this pattern of hypocrisy)
Republican Florida Congressman Mark Foley, who was co- chair of the House Caucus on Exploited Children, is alleged to have pursued sex with teenage male Congressional pages via the Internet.
Republican and Christian Conservative Orange County, CA activist Jeffrey Ray Nielsen has been charged with having sex with a 14-year old boy and owning a large collection of child pornography. The case is currently being prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney.
Matthew Glavin, President of the Conservative Legal Foundation (which attempted
to destroy Clinton for his sexual conduct), was arrested in Atlanta, GA in
2000. He was arrested for masturbating in front of an undercover male police
officer, and trying to fondle him. He plead no contest to a similar charge in
Republican fund-raiser and president of the Conservative Legal Affairs Council, Richard Delgaudio, pleaded guilty in Baltimore, Maryland to production of child pornography. During the 1990's Delgaudio called Clinton "a lawbreaker and a terrible example to our nation's young people." Delgaudio pleaded guilty to committing a lewd sexual act with a child on film.
Republican California Assemblyman Steve Samuelian who ran as a "conservative's conservative," has been caught a second time (first time in 1998) by police attempting to solicit sex from prostitutes in Fresno, California. He is married.
Conservative Christian leader Randall Terry, most notable for his leadership of
the radical anti-abortion organization "Operation Rescue," and the traditional
marriage Christian group "Loyal Opposition," has left his wife Cindy, after
allegations of extramarital affairs with several women, both married and
unmarried. Terry's own pastor at Landmark Church in Binghamton, NY, Daniel J.
Little, said he is "shocked and bewildered" at Terry's actions.
John Schmitz (R-Orange County, CA), former congressman (1970's) and one-time
presidential candidate (one of the original family values conservatives): had
his career ended when it was discovered that he had two out-of-wedlock
children. His daughter Mary Kay LeTourneau, made national headlines when as a
school teacher, she was arrested twice for having sex with an underage boy (13
years old), of which she had two children by. She is currently in jail.
Conservative "Family Values" Republican Congressman Henry Hyde (R-Illinois): had a five-year affair with a married woman with kids, eventually breaking up her family.
Bob Barr (R-Georgia): the principal sponsor of the 1996 Defense of Marriage
Act, has been married three times.
Former Republican Speaker of the House Bob Livingston (R-Louisiana): admitted
to having several adulterous affairs. Had to resign because of it.
Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia): divorced wife as she recovered from cancer surgery.
Also allegedly had oral sex in the driveway of his wife's home with a woman not
Dick Armey (R-Texas): as an economics professor before entering Congress, was
accused of sexually harassing female students, according to the Dallas
John Peterson (R-Pennsylvania): has been accused of sexual harassment and
hostile-work-environment claims by six women.
Dan Burton (R-Indiana):had illegitimate child. Never kept in contact with
child and refused to give child his last name.
Helen Chenoweth (R-Idaho): one of first to condemn Clinton, admitted to having
an extramarital affair herself.
J.C. Watts (R-Oklahoma): has said "Character is simply doing right when no one
is looking." Watts has tried to cover up his out-of-wedlock child.
Republican Far Right Segregationist, U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.
Conservative pastor Terry Smith of Canyon Creek Baptist Church in Texas, was
issued a Notice to Appear in court for stealing condoms from the local Skaggs
Alpha Beta store in Plano, Texas. Two co-workers at the church, Mary Miller and
Debbie Coleman, said Smith made unwanted sexual advances to them, possibly
explaining his need for condoms.
Conservative Christian preacher Stephen White was arrested after allegedly offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him.
Former Conservative Christian Television Evangelist Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker
were relinquished of their pastoral positions after Bakker was found guilty and
jailed for financial improprieties. He was also known for bizarre sexual
practices including alleged "group sex" activities with several male staffers
and a female staffer.
Former Conservative Christian Television Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, had to
resign from his TV ministry after being caught masturbating with a prostitute.
Paul Crouch of Conservative Christian Trinity Broadcasting paid $425,000 in "Hush" money to cover up a Gay affair he was having.
Ken Calvert (R-California): said this of Clinton: "We can't forgive what
occurred between the President and Lewinsky." Calvert, a Christian Coalition ally, was
caught by police in 1993 receiving oral sex from a prostitute. His ex-wife also
sued him for failure to pay alimony.
Republican mouthpiece Rush Limbaugh talks about "the sanctity of marriage," but has been married three times himself.
Republican talk show host Jon Matthews of Houston was indicted for indecency with a child, including exposing his genitals to a girl under the age of 17.
Republican Sussex County Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for possession of child pornography of a 5 year-old girl being raped.
Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.
Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.
Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a minor and sentenced to one month in jail. .
Republican Seminole County GOP Chair Jim Stelling is a "family values" Republican who has been married 5 times.
Former Spokane Republican Mayor Jim West, railed against homosexuality and supported a bill to ban Gays from working in schools and daycare centers. His political career came crashing down when it was found that he had an affair with an 18 year-old boy.
Director of the Young Republican Federation, Nicholas Elizondo, was convicted and sentenced to 6 years in prison for molesting his 6 year-old daughter.
Religious Right Anti Abortion activist Nicholas Morency, who set up a bounty to "kill abortion doctors," plead guilty to child pornography on his computer.
Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.
Republican activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.
Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.
Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a juvenile and one count of delivering the drug LSD.
Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks, an advisor to a California assemblyman, was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.
Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.
Republican former Tennessee State Senator Jeff Miller sponsored the "Tennessee Marriage Protection Act," and was divorced because he had an affair while married.
Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling confessed to molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.
Republican Party leader Paul Ingram of Thurston County, Washington, pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.
Republican St. Louis Election Board official Kevin Coan was arrested and charged with trying to buy sex from a 14-year-old girl whom he met on the Internet.
Former Republican committeeman for Hadley Township Missouri, Andrew Buhr, was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.
Republican Tennessee State Representative, Keith Westmoreland, was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to minors under 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).
Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15 year old girl.
Republican Nevada State Representative, Richard Gardner, admitted to molesting his two daughters.
Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.
Republican parole board officer and former Colorado State Representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.
Republican strategist Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the Internet
Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a minor working as a congressional page.
Most cases are detailed in: Stanley Hilton and Anne-Renee Testa's field guide from St. Martin's, Glass Houses: Shocking Profiles of Congressional Sex Scandals and Other Unofficial Misconduct; the Los Angeles Times; and the Washington Post.