AP Interview: Ex-congressman Foley breaks silence 2 years after...

Nov 12, 2008 Read more: Chicago Tribune 64
Sitting in his room at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York this week, the Florida Republican, wearing a yellow tie with blue elephants, finally broke his silence. Read more
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Jim

AOL

#5 Nov 12, 2008
Foley
if that was my boy that you screwed with I would give you a beating you would never forget.
You are a PERV
Wardell

Chicago, IL

#6 Nov 12, 2008
Go away.
wrecksracer

United States

#7 Nov 12, 2008
He doesn't really seem to be taking responsibilty for his actions. Sounds like he needs more therapy.
Jack

United States

#8 Nov 12, 2008
Why did the AP hold this story until after the election?

Since: Dec 07

Rockford, IL

#9 Nov 12, 2008
It's incredibly hard to defend this guy. Pretty much impossible, in fact. But I wonder what the comments here would be if Mark Foley had been a female instead of a male?
Somehow I think that the tone of this conversation would be quiet different.
Paul D

Chicago, IL

#10 Nov 12, 2008
What offends me most about his whole lurid affair is the hypocrisy. Republicans love to talk about personal responsibility, yet seem constitutionally incapable of recognizing their own failure to accept responsibility whether it is Mark Foley, Enron, Iraq, or the financial crisis. As far as they're concerned, they have almost no responsibility for anything bad that happens, but they love to trumpet "personal responsibility" whenever they oppose affirmative action or public aid. Hypocrites.
Paul D

Chicago, IL

#11 Nov 12, 2008
By the way, Obotomy, Barney Frank never did anything with pages. You're thinking of Garry Studds and Robert Baumann (a Republican, by the way) more than 20 years ago. Rep. Frank had a relationship with a male prostitute of legal age, not someone under his authority as a congressman.

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#12 Nov 12, 2008
OK, he's a sex-fiend scumbag. That's a given. But this coming out 1 week after the elections is hilarious.
x-wizard

San Diego, CA

#13 Nov 12, 2008
"I'm not a pedophile because they were teens, not pre-teens." It's a BS excuse used by a lot of sex offenders. He's trying to excuse his behavior as being reasonable because they were "almost men."

Dude, they were teenage boys, not men. They were underage. And I think the failure to prosecute him was political. Any ordinary jerk who engaged in those kinds of discussions over the internet with an underage teen would have been prosecuted. It's illegal in most states, and I would assume in Florida and in Washington DC, as well.
MMW

Baltimore, MD

#14 Nov 12, 2008
His remark about politicians of course dreaming of bridges or post offices being named after themselves (because that's what he did) is quite revealing of his narcissism. He wallows in self pity, and showed no empathy for the teenagers. This is a dangerous man.
patrick

Palatine, IL

#15 Nov 12, 2008
He simply refuses to accept he has a problem. Are you kidding me? You know there are issues there.

Since: Oct 08

Chicago, IL

#16 Nov 12, 2008
x-wizard wrote:
"I'm not a pedophile because they were teens, not pre-teens." It's a BS excuse used by a lot of sex offenders. He's trying to excuse his behavior as being reasonable because they were "almost men."
Dude, they were teenage boys, not men. They were underage. And I think the failure to prosecute him was political. Any ordinary jerk who engaged in those kinds of discussions over the internet with an underage teen would have been prosecuted. It's illegal in most states, and I would assume in Florida and in Washington DC, as well.
I do not want to defend Foley, but just for the record, the age of consent in most states is 16 or 17, just a few are 18. D.C. is 16, and Louisiana (where one of the cases occurred) is 17. Florida is 18 if you are over 24 (16 if you are closer in age).

Also, they did not have sex, so that does not apply anyway. The texts and emails would be an issue if the kid was much younger (under 14 in many states).

Again, not defending the man, he is a hypocrite and deserved to be expelled, he did not apparently break any laws and therefore should not be prosecuted. Get your facts right.
Mia

Elmwood Park, IL

#17 Nov 12, 2008
Ah yes, the familiar Republican mantra: "I'm sorry, I ALLOWED it to happen."

We'll all be in a bunch of trouble if those guys ever actually DO something.

“Trust, but Verify”

Since: Oct 08

Baltimore, MD

#18 Nov 12, 2008
Jack wrote:
Why did the AP hold this story until after the election?
They didn't "hold" the story. The interview was done this week, AFTER the election.

That being said, Foley just doesn't get it, does he? He needs to just disappear from public life. Actually, the Republican party should have assisted with that disappearing act a long time ago, as soon as they knew of his "issues".

“Trust, but Verify”

Since: Oct 08

Baltimore, MD

#19 Nov 12, 2008
Mia wrote:
Ah yes, the familiar Republican mantra: "I'm sorry, I ALLOWED it to happen."
We'll all be in a bunch of trouble if those guys ever actually DO something.
Like all the great work done by the Reid/Pelosi congress?
Glasnos

Orlando, FL

#20 Nov 12, 2008
Foley is no longer in DC ... so ... why do we never hear about "cold cash" Jefferson?

Oh ... yeah .... he is a democrat ... and he is black.
Centz

Columbus, OH

#21 Nov 12, 2008
jrptoo wrote:
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I do not want to defend Foley, but just for the record, the age of consent in most states is 16 or 17, just a few are 18. D.C. is 16, and Louisiana (where one of the cases occurred) is 17. Florida is 18 if you are over 24 (16 if you are closer in age).
Also, they did not have sex, so that does not apply anyway. The texts and emails would be an issue if the kid was much younger (under 14 in many states).
Again, not defending the man, he is a hypocrite and deserved to be expelled, he did not apparently break any laws and therefore should not be prosecuted. Get your facts right.
I fear the reason he did not have sex with these boys/men are because he didn't have the opportunity. As you may not remember he did try to gain access to the Dorm where these young boys/men were living but was turned away because he was thought to be highly intoxicated.
Long View

Goose Creek, SC

#23 Nov 12, 2008
jrptoo wrote:
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Also, they did not have sex, so that does not apply anyway. The texts and emails would be an issue if the kid was much younger (under 14 in many states).
Get your facts right.
No, you get a brain. This has nothing to do with age of consent, or laws, or specific criminal activities. It has everything to do with unethical behavior that should have been stopped by the Republicans when they controlled Congress; but, they did nothing. A quick gut check: If you cannot tell your own mother what you did or said, there is probably something unethical or immoral about what you did.
Mia

Elmwood Park, IL

#24 Nov 12, 2008
Rico13 wrote:
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Like all the great work done by the Reid/Pelosi congress?
And then there's this trick out of the GOP kit bag: If you can't dispute that you're guitly of THIS, then re-frame the argument so it seems like we're talking about THAT.

Well, I will stay within the current frame of reference in responding to you:

You are correct. Reid and Pelosi are not jacking off to pornographic e-mails all day.
Long View

Goose Creek, SC

#25 Nov 12, 2008
jrptoo wrote:
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Again, not defending the man, he is a hypocrite and deserved to be expelled, he did not apparently break any laws and therefore should not be prosecuted. Get your facts right.
I apologize. You do have a brain. I just saw a collection of your past comments and posts and find that you and I share many views. I wrote in haste based upon my knee-jerk digust for Foley and his ilk. I withraw my flippant retort.

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