Barely minutes after our first blog-report Friday afternoon on Rep. Mark Foley’s imminent resignation, I received an email from Liz Mair, the editor of GOP Progress.com.
Liz smelled something rotten in how the Foley matter developed. She even did some investigating into the group “Citizens for the Responsibility and Ethics in Washington” (CREW). CREW was part of the sourcing for the Brian Ross ABC News story that revealed the original Foley emails to the Congressional page last year.
CREW’s Executive Director, Melanie Sloan, has also worked for such illustrious, and ultra-partisan Democrats as John Conyers (between 1995 and 1998 she served as his Minority Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee) and Charles Schumer (in 1994, she served as Counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, led by him). She has also worked for Joe Biden, and also represented Joe Wilson. It is also true that Ms. Sloan guest blogs over at Al Franken’s site and has appeared on Keith Olbermann’s show, where she represented Mr. Wilson and Ms. Plame.
We are now learning that in addition to what Liz found out on Friday, CREW is a George Soros-funded organization. How interesting.
Meanwhile, GatewayPundit shows the Left’s obsession with destroying Mark Foley because he was rumored to be gay dates back quite a while. There’s no surprise who was behind that effort.
And now it has come to light that the first set of emails disclosed by ABC News may have been altered and Foley may have had a relationship with one of the pages involved in the Instant Message exchange. ABC News has released new transcripts of an IM chat between Foley and someone they identify as a “teen.”
Maf54: I miss you lots since san diego.
Teen: ya I cant wait til dc
Teen: did you pick a night for dinner
Maf54: not yet…but likely Friday
Teen: ok…ill plan for Friday then
Maf54: that will be fun
A relationship with a 17-year old page was okay with Democrats when it was Massachusetts Congressman Gerry Studds, if you recall.
This next exchange seems a bit of a lead-on by the Teen, as if trying to catch Foley into writing something explicit.
Maf54: I want to see you
Teen: Like I said not til feb…then we will go to dinner
Maf54: and then what happens
Teen: we eat…we drink…who knows…hang out…late into the night
Teen: I dunno
Maf54: dunno what
Teen: hmmm I have the feeling that you are fishing here…im not sure what I would be comfortable with…well see
Now see here. I still do not condone this kind of behavior by a Congressman with Congressional pages and more than a President with a White House intern. It is sexual harrassment and intimidation at the very least. Foley was wrong in his actions and was correct to resign.
And I do not normally buy into conspiracy theories. But I must admit from the first I heard of this story I wondered if Foley had been set up. It apparently was well-known by Republicans and Democrats alike that Foley was gay, and was at least friendly to the male Congressional pages. Did someone exploit this weakness of his?
As I read everything today, I learned how CREW is tied to Soros, Foley was targeted by Left Wing activists, I learned that the original emails that broke the story seem to have been altered and I learned that “everyone” (House GOP Leadership as well as multiple media outlets) seemed to know about this Foley-page email story a year ago but no one did anything until now.
I dismissed Liz’s theory about CREW on Friday as she also did once we both learned about the explicit nature of the Instant Message chat content. But I am now scratching my head and reconsidering.
Wouldn’t it be very ironic if the Democrats have turned the gay wedge issue back onto the Republicans in an explosive way. But in going after Mark Foley, the further result has been a widespread impression across America that all gay men are pedophillic predators and creepy sex fiends. If the Democrats were involved, they have created a hateful gay-lynching effort that goes way beyond the personal misconduct of one Congressman.
We have to remind ourselves, the only thing out of this sordid tale that we do know is that gay Congressmen do seem to have a lot of problems. Until there is an investigation, we won’t know much more than this when it comes to the Foley Affair.
My last word: Bring on an FBI investigation. There is nothing more I would love to see than a certain player in this sordid story being hauled into the authorities to explain himself and his history of this type of attack against people.
The floor is now open for y’all.
[RELATED STORY: Psychologist Robert Godwin agrees with me and sees Leftist Homophobia.]