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Friday, September 29, 2006

Mark Foley -- not just another Republican hypocrite.

Mark Foley's not your typical gay-bashing gay "values" Republican!

Good thing for the GOP that so much is simultaneously going wrong on their watch. Mark Foley cruising for teen boys is one story they want you to forget fast. But this is an absolutely appalling story that you should remember the next time some moralizing GOP blowhard claims he's from the "party of values."

In the House, Foley was one of the foremost opponents of child pornography. He resigned on September 29, 2006 when it was revealed he had sent sexually-themed messages to underaged Congressional pages. Foley had served as chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children. He introduced a bill in 2002 to outlaw websites featuring sexually suggestive images of preteen children, saying that "these websites are nothing more than a fix for pedophiles." In June 2003 he wrote letters to the governor and attorney general of Florida, asking them to review the legality of a program for teenagers of a Lake Como nudist resort in Land O'Lakes, Florida.

Foley's legislation to change federal sex offender laws was supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, America's Most Wanted host John Walsh, and a number of victims' rights groups. President George W. Bush signed it into law as part of the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act of 2006.

Foley also succeeded in getting a law passed that allows volunteer youth-serving organizations like the Boy Scouts of America and Boys and Girls Clubs to have access to FBI fingerprint background checks to help protect children.

Here's an example of the chat he had with a sixteen year old boy that made Foley resign:

Maf54 [Foley]: do you really do it face down
Teen: ya
Maf54 [Foley]: kneeling
Teen: well i dont use my hand...i use the bed itself
Maf54 [Foley]: where do you unload it
Teen: towel
Maf54 [Foley]: really
Maf54 [Foley]: completely naked?
Teen: well ya
Maf54 [Foley]: very nice
Teen: lol
Maf54 [Foley]: cute butt bouncing in the air

Mark Foley Pornography and sexual offenses

This is incredibly rank behavior from YET ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE who thinks he should make your moral decisions for you!

ABC News reported Friday that Foley also engaged in a series of sexually explicit instant messages with current and former male pages. In one message, ABC said, Foley wrote to one page: "Do I make you a little horny?"

In another message, Foley wrote, "You in your boxers, too? ... Well, strip down and get relaxed."

Foley, as chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, had introduced legislation in July to protect children from exploitation by adults over the Internet. He also sponsored other legislation designed to protect minors from abuse and neglect.

"We track library books better than we do sexual predators," Foley has said.

And he once accused the Supreme Court of "siding with pedophiles over children."

Foley was a member of the Republican leadership, serving as a deputy whip. He also was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Foley's aides initially blamed Democratic rival Tim Mahoney and Democrats with attempting to smear the congressman before the election.

Foley resigns from Congress over e-mails

Foley thinks he has the moral authority to decide that gays can't marry. He thinks he has the moral authority decide for women about their child-bearing.

For crying-out-loud, he voted to impeach Bill Clinton over lying about a blow job!

Foley voting record

If you think guys like Mark Foley should make your moral decisions for you, then vote Republican. If you think you are better qualified to make your own moral decisions, vote Democrat.

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