**UPDATED THURSDAY MORNING**
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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 Campaign — Jeff 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.