According to the AP:
Former Rep. Mark Foley's attorney said Tuesday that his client was molested between the ages 13 and 15 by a clergyman.
Foley had represented the West Palm Beach district for 12 years
and was seeking re-election until his sudden resignation last week
after the disclosure of lurid online communications with teenage
"This is part of his recovery," Roth said, declining to
identify the clergyman or the church.
Roth also announced for the first time that Foley is gay.
Ah, the elusive gay-pedophilia connection that Newt Gingrich seemed to be making.
This thing is just percolating in too many directions now.
I'll bet covering Washington was a lot easier when it just involved powerful lawmakers jumping in the Tidal Basin with strippers.
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So, let's see how this number is playing now. First, we go to the Conservative Voice where Grant Swank, in Foley & Priest Molestation: Similarities alludes to something I mentioned in a comment somewhere around: politics is about guarding turf.
In ministry or secular politics, the same drive works for the self-consumed opportunistic individual. Move from Congressional halls to church halls and you will discover the same shrouded weasel. He or she lives for self alone, even to playing blind, deaf and mute when aware of sin circling them.
We finally found someone willing to stand up for the House leadership. It turns out, oddly enough, it's a House, ummm, leader.
And about that alcoholism claim? Maybe not.
CBS asks, "Without blogs, where would Foley story be?" I'll bet it never occurred to CBS that the answer is: "on TV."
How about a headline that reads: "Pennsylvania Amish child-killer was a heterosexual pedophile" to make it even?