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HRC Fires Staffer Who Orchestrated Foley ScandalStatement Raises More Questions About HRC’s Involvement

**UPDATED THURSDAY MORNING**
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Welcome to readers from Instapundit, Corner, Wizbang, Polipundit and The Anchoress.

This is a stunning development in efforts to peel back the onion of the Mark Foley scandal and expose who knew what and when they knew it.

I have been flying back to Charlotte for most of the day, so I have been unable to “elevate” the comment by Brad Luna of the Human Rights Campaign to a full posting.  I emailed Brad last evening asking the HRC to respond to Dan’s posting challenging Joe Solmonese to respond to the accusations that the entire Foley affairs orginated at the Human Rights Campaign.

“The email exchanges in question between former Congressman Mark Foley and a House page have been in the possession of bloggers and media outlets for some time now. Yesterday, it came to our attention that an HRC employee, hired just last month to work for us in Michigan, was responsible for initially posting these emails on his blog. We investigated the matter, determined that HRC resources had been inappropriately used, and let him go. No one at the Human Rights Campaign, other than this individual, had any knowledge of his activities,” said Brad Luna, Spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign.

Luna’s statement was also emailed to the blogger of “Stop October Surprises” who is the first to connect the dots linking the Human Rights Campaign to the bogus blog “Stop Sex Predators”.  SSP, you will recall, was the blog set up to leak out the details of the Foley connected the dots.  We now know that a former employee at HRC was behind the entire affair. 

I have repeatedly highlighted the HRC’s involvement in the Foley affair from the start.  Many of you dismissed it.  But the HRC has finally admitted it.

So my questions now are the following:

  • What is the name of the fired HRC employee? 
  • When did the HRC employee come into possession of the Mark Foley emails?
  • Why did he hold them until October, instead of going to the proper authorities immediately if he truly wanted to expose a potential sex predator?
  • What did the officials at HRC know about the Foley matter before today?
  • What connections might the fired HRC employee have with the two-year old “outing” campaign targeting gay Congressional staff?
  • Were other HRC employees involved in this conspiracy?
  • Does this former HRC employee have any connections to Democrat Party officials?

Finally, it is worth noting that one of the central figures in the Foley affair is also a Board of Directors member of the Human Rights CampaignJeff Trandahl, the former Clerk of the House.

I think the HRC needs to come clean and fully explain to those of you who give them money exactly what the hell they are up to.  This entire matter has put every gay American into a bad light by equating child predators with being gay.  The HRC has a responsibility to tell us what they know and when they knew it.  They are now directly responsible for the anti-gay atmosphere that has emerged from the scandal that one of their own employees helped launch.

**UPDATE** — The New York Times has picked up the story.

A liberal gay rights group said Wednesday that one of its employees, acting anonymously, had created the Web site that first published copies of unusually solicitous e-mail messages to teenagers from former Representative Mark Foley, which led to his resignation.

A spokesman for the group, the Human Rights Campaign, said it first learned of its employee’s role this week and immediately fired him for misusing the group’s resources. The scandal surrounding Mr. Foley, a Florida Republican, has been a burdensome distraction for members of his party in the month before the midterm elections, and some Republicans have speculated that the e-mail messages were planted by a Democrat.

The rights campaign’s spokesman, David Smith, said the employee, whose name he declined to disclose, was a junior staff member hired last month to help mobilize the organization’s members in Michigan. “The minute we learned about it we took decisive action,” Mr. Smith said.

The Miami Herald and other news organizations have acknowledged obtaining copies of the same e-mail messages months ago but declining to publish them because of their potentially ambiguous contents.

Ummm.. I thought the Hypocrite Rights Campaign was “bi-partisan”?  (LMAO).  And, thank goodness for the bloggers who alerted the HRC this week about their rogue employee doing all of these things mysteriously with no knowledge of the HRC hierarchy, according to them.  (Yours truly was one of the bloggers who put the HRC’s feet to the fire, thanks to Dan’s post.)

Finally, wthere is smoke there is fire…. keep watching the truth come out over at StopOctoberSurprises!  That’s where this HRC bottom-feeding was uncovered.

This is the HRC’s version of Rathergate.  Let’s see how the largest gay rights group in America handles their worst scandal.   Many deep pockets will be watching.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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175 Comments

  1. McCain praised Webb’s book. Of course, the book is about Vietnam, a topic he and Webb know very well since they both put their lives on the line there, instead of playing cowboy in a dude ranch like draft-dodging George Felix “The Noose” Macaca.

    George Allen was born in 1952, which means he wouldn’t have been eligible to be drafted until 1970 in the first place.

    Furthermore, what Allen did was to take a student deferment — just like a certain individual named “Bill Clinton”.

    Speaking of Clinton, it should be no surprise to anyone that Webb’s views on women are similar.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 27, 2006 @ 2:41 pm - October 27, 2006

  2. Obesity and ugliness are due to bad genes. That reinforces my theory that GOPers are noxious lower forms of life.

    A picture is worth a thousand words:
    http://uglydemocrats.com/pictures/Republican-vs-Democrat-women.jpg

    Comment by V the K — October 27, 2006 @ 2:59 pm - October 27, 2006

  3. Not that it’s important, but I think our newest commenter, “Devil’s Advocate” is actually the mean-spirited, bad-mouthed, caustic jerk from Outside-the-Tent –who makes MikeRogers and JohnAvarosis seem civil by comparison– known as Clif.

    Clif’s quite a… well… I’m not sure of the best word to describe his work on his blog. I’ve not read as much bile in so few words since reading the “DailyKos take” on the HRC’s role in the outing/Foley scandals.

    It’s amazing what passes for informed opinion over on the GayLeftBorg. Utterly amazing. No wonder they’ll lose in November.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 27, 2006 @ 3:22 pm - October 27, 2006

  4. It’s amazing what passes for informed opinion over on the GayLeftBorg.

    No less amazing the juvenile name-calling that passes for debate in the GayLeftBorgCube.

    That’s why I could never be a lefty, I think too much and hate too little.

    Comment by V the K — October 27, 2006 @ 3:28 pm - October 27, 2006

  5. Oh yes, Studds was censured. He turned his back on the whole proceeding, by the way, and went on to serve 6 more terms. Yeah, the Dems REALLY held him accountable, didn’t they?

    I’ll say it again. Devil’s Advocate is the prime example of a liberal apologetic shill. They are the worst pieces of trash in this country. Quit drinking the KOS kool-aid already and grow a pair. Your revisionist attitudes don’t fly with people who know how to think for themselves.

    Perhaps YOU think what Studds and Reynolds did is okay. But normal people do not.

    So, why don’t you go molest a child you pervert. Seems to be a “liberal” thing to do.

    Comment by Todd — October 27, 2006 @ 4:50 pm - October 27, 2006

  6. Michigan-Matt: I’m not Devil’s Advocate. What I write about GP on my own blog pings back here, so there’s no need for me to comment here under another name. Sorry to disappoint.

    Comment by Clif — October 27, 2006 @ 5:50 pm - October 27, 2006

  7. So, why don’t you go molest a child you pervert. Seems to be a “liberal” thing to do.

    But only if you’re a Democrat. I think that’s the lesson of the contrast between Studds/Reynolds and Foley/Crane. It’s not that the Democrats don’t want pages to be molested, they just want them to only be molested by Democrats.

    Comment by V the K — October 27, 2006 @ 6:46 pm - October 27, 2006

  8. [Comment deleted.  This commenter is banned due to repeated violation of terms at this blog.]

    Comment by Devil's Advocate — October 28, 2006 @ 7:40 am - October 28, 2006

  9. [Comment deleted.  This commenter is banned due to repeated violation of terms at this blog.]

    Comment by Devil's Advocate — October 28, 2006 @ 8:42 am - October 28, 2006

  10. Ha! Ha! I am banned because I am throwing verifiable facts in your face, you Nazi-loving piece of crap!

    You GOPers are all the same. You are a bunch of snivelling little cowards who can dish out lies and smears but you cannot stand it when your lies and smears are being called upon with verifiable FACTS.

    You can dish it out but you cannot take it. How typical of the diaper-shitting right-wing.

    Not to worry, I’ll make sure that I report your cowardice, duplicity, moral depravity, and dishonesty on other blogs, and not just progressive ones. Some of your right-wing colleagues have at least some intellectual honesty. I’ll let them know what a vicious little coackroach you are.

    Comment by Devil's Advocate — October 28, 2006 @ 11:50 am - October 28, 2006

  11. Oh yeah, I’m sure everyone is just shaking in their boots because you’re going to “report” this site.

    You’re nothing but a perverted piece of trash. So why don’t you go find a “progressive” blog where they welcome child-molesting perverts. You’ll fit in just nicely.

    Don’t let the door hit you in your fat-ass on the way out, Dimmocrat Advocate.

    Comment by Todd — October 28, 2006 @ 1:10 pm - October 28, 2006

  12. Oh. no! We’re going to get reported!

    Comment by V the K — October 28, 2006 @ 2:13 pm - October 28, 2006

  13. I hope the principal doesn’t make us stay after school.

    Comment by V the K — October 28, 2006 @ 2:14 pm - October 28, 2006

  14. Gay Patriot does not want anyone to know that the revolting episode described in Webb’s book, namely of a father taking his young son’s penis in his mouth is actually a true story. It is a custom in the Thai countryside, and it is used to demonstrate affection. Many travelers to those parts of the world hyave documented the same. Google it.

    The little perverted Gay Patriot eliminated posts describing how Libby’s filthy fantasies were expressed in his book “The Apprentice”, namely this: he describes at great lengths how a 10-year old girl was locked up in a cage with a bear trained to copulate with humans; the girl was repeatedly raped by the bear, all of that to make sure that she would not take any pleasure out of sexual encounters when she was sent to the brothel. This revolting smut is available on Amazon.

    Lynne Cheney penned a sleazy piece of trash entitled “Sisters” in which she goes at great lengths to describe lesbian sex, brothels, and attempted rapes. That trash is out of print, but the Library of Congress has a copy since anything published in the U.S. is part of the collection of the Library of Congress. Go to any library (you know, these places where they have BOOKS), check out the ISBN number (the Library of Congress index number), get your ass off to Washington and take a lookj at that crap.

    Now, I am sure that the sleazy Gay Patriot will once again ban this post since it contains verifiable information. God forbids that his readership should be tempted to actually think and verify for a change.

    Comment by Devil's Advocate — October 28, 2006 @ 3:40 pm - October 28, 2006

  15. Hey V the K,

    Your little friend Gay Patriot banned the posts that were the most damning for his and your slanted opinions.

    Why are reichwingers afraid of verifiable facts? Are they too afraid that their gullible flock would, for once, exercize some independent behavior, and check out the sources?

    I guess I am going to be banned again. I am revealing the dirty little secrets of the cult leaders.

    Comment by Devil's Advocate — October 28, 2006 @ 3:45 pm - October 28, 2006

  16. By the way, the right-wing blogs to which I sent your pathetic little attempt to snuff out the verifiable facts, have responded positively to me. They do not agree with me on anything, but for one thing: that opposing views are welcome. They’ll try to debunk them, but that is fair game.

    This blog, on the other hand, is run by people who are scared to death that their gullible followers would actually be tempted to verify facts for a change.

    As I said before, you chickenhawk right-wingers, are diaper-shitters.

    Comment by Devil's Advocate — October 28, 2006 @ 3:51 pm - October 28, 2006

  17. By the way, Gay Patriot, how courageous and fair-game of you to eliminate posts that could cause your readers to actually do a little research, but leave only the one that describes how I am reporting your weasely behavior to right-wing blogs that have some kind of intellectual integrity.

    You hated it, did you not, when I compared your cowardly behavior to the Jewish guards in Nazi concentration camps who beat, tortured, and killed their own? That is what homosexuals who drink the GOP Kool Aid do: betray their own and participate in the bashing and demonization of their own.

    No wonder you are banning my posts. You are a self-loathing, cowardly, piece of trash.

    Comment by Devil's Advocate — October 28, 2006 @ 4:00 pm - October 28, 2006

  18. Todd,

    Why don’t you go molest little cihldren , you asswipe? After all, that is what GOPers do. Foley, Kolbe, the asshole from DHS who was trying to entice little girls over the Internet, the other DHS asshole who was caught masturbating in front of a minor …

    What is it with you GOPers that you cannot have healthy relationships, and that you have to go after young boys and girls? Or, like Gibbons, why is it that you have to try to rape women?

    Your wives don’t satisfy you? Maybe that is because you are perverts who cannot get it up unless some sleaze is involved? The bible-thumping perverts cannot get it up if some kinky sex is not available?

    How about the homosexual GOPers? Do you need little boys to satisfy your fantasies?

    Comment by Devil's Advocate — October 28, 2006 @ 4:51 pm - October 28, 2006

  19. Hey Dimmocrats Advocate, can you name exactly who it was that Foley molested? Didn’t think so you dumbshit. We’ll leave the ACTUAL molesting to Studds and Reynolds, you know, the people you most identify with. And let’s throw in Barney Frank as well. Hell, what’s so bad about letting your gay lover run a prostitution ring out of your apartment and then fixing tickets for him. Oh yeah, what did the Dems do about them again? Oh, that’s right. Not a damn thing.

    So, why don’t you crawl back to your cave and emulate your idols…find some innocent child and have your way with them. Hell, maybe the Dems will make you Speaker of the House. After all, you and your little NAMBLA friends are more than welcome in the oh-so-tolerant Democratic party.

    And I’m SURE that you were just welcomed with open arms at all of these right-wing blogs you supposedly cried to. Sheesh, I know liberals can’t help lying out of their asses, but at least make a decent attempt to sound the least bit credible.

    You’d better go run to KOS and get the latest talking points. Obviously, you’re out of your league here.

    Comment by Todd — October 28, 2006 @ 8:59 pm - October 28, 2006

  20. I also love it that when liberals know they’re getting their asses handed to them they resort to the old standby: Hitler and the Nazis. Pathetic.

    You are so tired Dimmwit Advocate. At least come up with something original dipshit.

    Comment by Todd — October 28, 2006 @ 9:01 pm - October 28, 2006

  21. Todd,

    Since the radical right-wingers who have hijacked the Republican party have been behaving like Nazis, they should be called Nazis. If the shoe fits, wear it.

    If radical right-wingers get their kicks from molesting underage kids and attempting to rape women, they are pedophiles and perverts. If you don’t want the label, don’t do the crime. Otherwise, in the eternal words of Cheney-the-waterboarder, “Go fuck yourself”.

    I cannot wait for the real conservatives to reemerge. You know, the ones who favor fiscal restraint, less governmental intrusion in people’s lives, respect the laws of the land, and have REAL moral values, the ones who are not corrupt, the ones who do not harbor sexual perversions…

    At this point, I hope that the U.S. military stages a coup and takes over. That is the only way to clean up the filth, the corruption, the moral degeneracy, the incompetence, and the profligacy of the trash that is currently running this great country into the ground. With the complicity of garbage like you and the rest of the ilk on this repugnant blog. You should all be put against the wall and shot like the traitors to the Republic that you are.

    Comment by Devil's Advocate — October 29, 2006 @ 9:39 am - October 29, 2006

  22. 146: Once again, your ‘refutation’ of my assertions is nothing but a long-winded string of words that amounts to nothing more than “is not, is not.” So, take it to the playground, kiddo. Just repeating the lies and spin you’ve already spewed doesn’t make them any more valid.

    I note you addressed this comment to yourself V. A textbook case of the Freudian slip.

    In fact, it is you who refuses to deal in fact. Otherwise you would have refuted them. But then you are a person who believes that if the federal government doesn’t approve of something, it must be “snake oil.” In other words, you eschew the “reality based community.”

    Comment by JonathanG — October 29, 2006 @ 1:02 pm - October 29, 2006

  23. In fact, it is you who refuses to deal in fact. Otherwise you would have refuted them.

    Which is why you and yours dodged and spun when I did.

    And as for your threat to “report us”, JonathanG, I personally think it would be a great thing for “Devil’s Advocate” to be held up as a fine example of what Democrats consider meaningful dialogue and truthfulness.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 29, 2006 @ 4:06 pm - October 29, 2006

  24. “molesting underage kids and attempting to rape women, they are pedophiles and perverts.”

    I’m glad you brought up Studds, Reynolds and Clinton, Dimmocrat Advocate. About time someone on the left admitted what they truly are. Now, the fact that you support them so strongly, what does that say about you?

    YAWN. You continue with that tired old Nazi tune again. Fine. It just shows how completely ignorant you truly are. If you want to come off as a hate-filled, uneducated lunatic, be my guest. Maybe Ward Churchill has a spot on the short bus for you.

    “With the complicity of garbage like you and the rest of the ilk on this repugnant blog. You should all be put against the wall and shot like the traitors to the Republic that you are. ”

    And your parents should be shot for burdening the world with your sorry-ass carcass. See. I can spit out assinine, hate-filled rhetoric too.

    Comment by Todd — October 29, 2006 @ 11:12 pm - October 29, 2006

  25. Todd, a little free advice… debating guys like Devils Advocate is a waste of time. They get caught in their own outrageous lies and misstatements, hide for a while, then come back as yet another name to heckle and harass. Best to leave the trash in the curb, you know?

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — November 1, 2006 @ 11:55 am - November 1, 2006

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