Florida Congressman Mark Foley is officially out of the closet. With the shocking revelation and evidence that Foley expressed sexually explicit emails with at least one Capitol page – a 16-year-old boy, Foley was forced to resign.
This is a great example of how Republicans are far more likely to clean up their own house than Democrats. For years, rumors have swirled that Foley was a closeted homosexual. In 2003, Florida columnist, Bob Norman, attempted to “out” Foley citing various quotes including one from Tracy Thorne, a homosexual activist who asserted that Foley brought a boyfriend along with him on a visit to the activist.
Foley has also accepted political contributions from the Human Rights Campaign and has voted for a number of pro-homosexual bills in Congress.
So it should be no surprise among conservative Republicans that Foley lacked the self-discipline to control his urges to pursue young boys.
But what I find most disturbing is that the man was chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children! Why the Republican leadership did not recognize the potential for hypocrisy over this man’s personal life and position with this sensitive and important committee stuns me.
Like the bizzaro former GOP California Senate Candidate Michael Huffington, I for one am pleased to see this Republican go because he blemished the principles of the party.
Being Gay in the GOP: http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/editorial/documents/02919063.htm
Don’t Ask Because Mark Foley Won’t Tell: http://www.sptimes.com/2003/06/01/Perspective/Don_t_ask__because_Ma.shtml
Rep. Mark Foley Won’t Discuss His ‘Orientation,’ but Others Will: http://www.cwfa.org/articles/4008/CFI/cfreport/index.htm