Saturday, September 30, 2006

Usually election law stuff is pretty dry and boring to those or whom this isn't an obsession...
GOP congresscritter Mark Foley has resigned from congress after some racy letters to male teen congressional pages. His name remains on the ballot but the votes will go to his replacement (not yet named?) The district tends GOP usually.
Watching this unfold on cable at home, where I don't yet have net access, i figured there'd be more info online.
Brad blog has some details.

They seem harmless, from what I've seen so far.
These on the other hand at least justify the "creepy" label.
Maf54: You in your boxers, too?
Teen: Nope, just got home. I had a college interview that went late.
Maf54: Well, strip down and get relaxed.

Another message:

Maf54: What ya wearing?
Teen: tshirt and shorts
Maf54: Love to slip them off of you.

And this one:

Maf54: Do I make you a little horny?
Teen: A little.
Maf54: Cool.

there's apparently more, racier stuff, that I don't yet have.

The language gets much more graphic, too graphic to be broadcast, and at one point the congressman appears to be describing Internet sex.
Federal authorities say such messages could result in Foley's prosecution, under some of the same laws he helped to enact.
ABC News.
Maf54 (7:53:45 PM): in your shorts and polo shirt?
Xxxxxxxxxx (7:54:06 PM): no athletic shorts and t shirt...had soccer practice today
Maf54 (7:54:15 PM): ummm nice
Maf54 (7:54:30 PM): jock strap too
Xxxxxxxxxx (7:54:41 PM): not iin soccer
Xxxxxxxxxx (7:54:42 PM): lol
Maf54 (7:55:09 PM): what do you wear then
Xxxxxxxxxx (7:55:20 PM): just our boxers and shorts
Maf54 (7:55:34 PM): good
Xxxxxxxxxx (7:55:37 PM): lol
Maf54 (7:55:42 PM): shows your package then
Xxxxxxxxxx (8:33:29 PM): ya slow things down a little im still young...like under 18 dont want to do anything illegal...im not 18 till feb 23
Maf54 (8:33:43 PM): i know..
Maf54 (8:33:50 PM): nothing will happen
Maf54 (8:34:04 PM): just dreaming
Maf54 (8:45:32 PM): your horny though
Xxxxxxxxx (8:45:39 PM): well ya a bit
Xxxxxxxxx (8:45:45 PM): but im still a virgin
Maf54 (6:26:40 PM): your in the boxers too
Xxxxxxxxx (6:26:47 PM): nope just got home
Maf54 (6:27:39 PM): well strip down and get relaxed

From what I've seen the messages are creepy but not illegal. I'm aware I havent seen all of them.
Update: the abc pdf file that claims to have the messages, is broken, but here's apparently the text:

At the age of 23, Foley was appointed to the Lake Worth City Council. - wikipedia. Came to congress with the angry white men in 1994, reelected in 2004 with 68%, so the GOP might hold the district. Was headed to the senate in 2003 when he was outed by the gay press.
Ah, here's some dirt:

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

The concersations continued to go into detail about teen masturbation. That's apparently about it.

Again, not illegal, but enough to result in resignation.
This link from abc isn't working.http://abcnews.go.com/images/WNT/02-02-03b.pdf

The emails have been circulating since they were posted on an anonymous blog on Sunday....“This is nothing more than a political attack and an attempt at the worst kind of character assassination.”

The Mahoney campaign did not specify what wrongdoing might have been committed, but there are strict rules about contacts between Members of Congrss and the teen-age pages who serve as their messengers.

Belonged to http://www.mypartytoo.com/, a group urging GOP moderation on social issues.
"giant, pink elephant in the room." - New Times.

This one's interesting: a story last week about how Foley's opponent sued him for libel, for true and fair comments. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14918997/

If I'm understanding this correctly, that means that the leaders of the House Republican caucus have known for almost a year that a member of their caucus was having cybersex with an underage congressional page. And apparently they did nothing about it.
I think this story is about to get a lot bigger.
-- Josh Marshall
Josh: You aren't understanding it correctly. The allegations of cycbersex weren't disclosed until the past few days. The emails to the page were tame and not a bsis for the leadership to take action at that time.

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