Battlepanda: Oh, the irony...


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Oh, the irony...

I initially thought that Foley had been stung by an ABC staffer posing as a teen. But no. He was having suggestive chats with his congressional pages, high-school juniors assigned to help with administrative work in his office. Disgusting hypocrite...
Florida Rep. Mark Foley's resignation came just hours after ABC News questioned the congressman about a series of sexually explicit instant messages involving congressional pages, high school students who are under 18 years of age.

In Congress, Rep. Foley (R-FL) was part of the Republican leadership and the chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children.

He crusaded for tough laws against those who used the Internet for sexual exploitation of children.

"They're sick people; they need mental health counseling," Foley said.

But, according to several former congressional pages, the congressman used the Internet to engage in sexually explicit exchanges.

They say he used the screen name Maf54 on these messages provided to ABC News.

Maf54: You in your boxers, too?
Teen: Nope, just got home. I had a college interview that went late.
Maf54: Well, strip down and get relaxed.

Another message:

Maf54: What ya wearing?
Teen: tshirt and shorts
Maf54: Love to slip them off of you.

And this one:

Maf54: Do I make you a little horny?
Teen: A little.
Maf54: Cool.

The language gets much more graphic, too graphic to be broadcast, and at one point the congressman appears to be describing Internet sex.

Federal authorities say such messages could result in Foley's prosecution, under some of the same laws he helped to enact.

[snip] One former page tells ABC News that his class was warned about Foley by people involved in the program.
By "program" I assume he means the Congressional Pages program people, or whatever they called it. Some people at "the program" are going to have tough questions to answer.