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Florida Representative Mark Foley Resigns over Emails with teenage boy

WOW. This is just not good at all. Be it republican or democrat, this is just plain wrong. Florida Representative resigns over improper email with a 16 year old congressional page.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —  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. Mark Foley, R-Fla., who is single, apologized Friday for letting down his family and constituents. His resignation letter was read to the House late Friday afternoon, and hours later, Foley’s former colleagues engineered a vote to let the House ethics committee decide whether an investigation is needed. (Fox News)

Congressman Mark Foley Resigns

He submitted his resignation yesterday amid questions about numerous unseemly emails he allegedly wrote to a 16-year-old congressional page.

Congressman Mark Foley’s resignation amid revelations of e-mails to a teenage page complicates the Republican effort to retain control of the House. (Central Florida News)


Republican leaders distance themselves from Foley scandal

WASHINGTON – Republican leaders in Congress, including Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois, scrambled Saturday to distance themselves from a Florida congressman’s sex scandal as they disavowed responsibility for investigating the matter when it came to light months ago.

Aides to the speaker say he was not aware until last week of inappropriate behavior by Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., who resigned on Friday after portions of racy e-mail exchanges between him and current and former underage congressional pages became public. But the aides conceded that they could not be conclusive on the timing. (Mercury News)

Exclusive: The Sexually Explicit Internet Messages That Led to Fla. Rep. Foley’s Resignation

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.

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

“Adds up to soliciting underage children for sex,” said Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent and now an ABC News consultant.  “And what it amounts to is serious both state and federal violations that could potentially get you a number of years.”

(ABC The Blotter)


September 30th, 2006 at 10:23pm Posted by | child welfare, Exploited, Internet | no comments

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