I know I’m not the only person that wonders where Mark Foley is these days. Especially when he was part of the endless line of celebrities with problems queued up at their favorite rehab center last year. Thankfully, at least Foley has had the sense to remain quiet. But that can’t be said for all of the players in the so-called “FoleyGate” story from October, 2006.
One of the main players in the Foley scandal was former US Clerk of the House Jeff Trandahl. I questioned Trandahl’s involvement in the scandal in this post last October detailing the comprehensive involvement of the Human Rights Campaign and Foley’s demise.
Well folks, in a gift from the blog gods, Trandahl is talking. And it sounds like he’s gone the David Catania/John Aravosis route of Gay Redemption: “I was a Republican, but they hated me, so now I’m a GOP-basher.” (h/t – The Corner/NRO)
Here’s an interesting tidbit buried at the end of Kevin Naff’s exclusive Washington Blade piece on Jeff Trandahl, the former clerk of the House of Representatives who says he confronted Mark Foley “dozens” of times about his inappropriate behavior towards pages:
He said he had long planned to retire after 20 years of government service and noted that his departure was set well before the scandal broke. Trandahl thanked former House Speakers Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and current Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for supporting him during his tenure in the House. But he said former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) had long sought to oust him from the job because he is openly gay.
Pretty convenient to put your long-planned retirement at the feet of alleged Tom DeLay homophobia now, huh?
More from the RollCall story on DeLay/Trandahl:
Former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl says former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) “had long sought to oust him from the job because he is openly gay,” according to a report in the Washington Blade.
Trandahl made the comments while speaking to a group of gays and lesbians aboard the ship Queen Mary II during a cross-Atlantic trip, according the Blade. (GP Ed. Note – I’m guessing this wasn’t a Log Cabin-sponsored event. So the Gay Left cocktails were on full display, no doubt.)
A spokeswoman for DeLay dismissed the charge that her boss wanted to sack (that is, fire) Trandahl. “We have no idea where this comes from, but it’s a very serious accusation and an outright lie,” she said.
A former GOP leadership staffer who served during DeLay and Trandahl’s tenure seemed surprised by Trandahl’s claim that DeLay wanted him fired, doubting that he was even aware the former Clerk was gay. “No member of Congress has a worse gaydar than Tom DeLay,” the former aide said.
Okay…. now THAT is funny. Having met DeLay numerous times in my former job, I would have to agree.
I’m wondering if there are more memoir-esque tales from the Foley Files to come. My only question left for Trandahl is more fundamental: Did you have any involvement in the Instant Messages that were released? After all, you seemed upset by Foley’s behavior, and you were an HRC board member at the same time an HRC staffer was digging up the Foley dirt.
Hey, I’m just asking.
[Related Story: Trandahl breaks silence on Foley scandal – Washington Blade]