posted on Sep, 30 2006 @ 08:45 AM
G.O.P Senator Mark Foley has resigned over a contraversy involving a rather improper email exchange with a teenage boy and former congressional
WASHINGTON - In a scandal guaranteed to anger parents, a prominent House Republican has resigned after the revelation that he exchanged raunchy
electronic messages with a teenage boy, a former congressional page.
Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., chairman of the Page Board that oversees the congressional work-study program for high schoolers, said he did investigate
but Foley falsely assured him he was only mentoring the boy. Pages are high school students who attend classes under congressional supervision and
work as messengers.
Just as Shimkus' explanation was released, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California proposed to the House that its ethics committee
investigate and make a preliminary report in 10 days. She demanded to know who knew of the messages, whether Foley had other contacts with pages and
when the Republican leadership was notified of Foley's conduct.
Instead, majority Republicans engineered a vote to allow the ethics panel to decide whether there should even be an investigation.
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This is a little bothersome. Instead of a straight forward investigation of this man and his other contacts after there were emails found that were
described as "raunchy" the Republicans decided to "engineer" a vote that would allow the ethics panel to decided if there should be an
investigation. This is outrageous, Of course there should be an investigation, the grown man was sending "raunchy" emails to a teenage boy. Where
is the ethics in that? That's wrong. The boy's age was not mentioned, however if he is not legal then the Senator should be arrested and tried in
a court of law, just because he's a Senator it doesnt mean he is above the law, however it seems the G.O.P thinks he is.
The boy is 16!, this information wasnt available when I posted this topic orginally
[edit on 30-9-2006 by Ox]