A reader alerted me to this article from the Arizona Republic on how much Arizona Republican Congressman Jim Kolbe knew about the nature of the communication between his former Florida counterpart, Mark Foley, and male congressional pages.
That good Republican “says he was never shown the exact content of Mark Foley’s e-mails six years ago to a male congressional page he had appointed, and did not realize those messages were sexually explicit.” Moreover, Kolbe said he assumed “e-mail contact ceased since the former page never raised an issue again with my office.”
While some Democrats have criticized Kolbe for “not having done more to alert others of Foley’s e-mail activities six years ago,” it’s clear that he handled the situation appropriately, given what he knew about the content of the correspondence between Foley and the pages. Since he did not know they were sexually explicit, he had no obligation to warn others about Foley.
It’s clear that Jim Kolbe reacted appropriately given the circumstances of the case. The only ones who would take issue with him are those who seek to spin the facts in order to derive partisan advantage from the situation. In short, a good man the right thing, but who did not, as we’ve learned in recent days, have complete knowledge of the exact nature of Foley’s online communications.