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I believe this is a new allegation - if not, at least on dKos, I'll delete.  However, today's Palm Beach Post reveals that yet another page received some correspondence of questionable propriety from Mark Foley.

Washington Bureau correspondent Christine Grimaldi reports today that another congressional page not from Foley's district saw Foley "almost like a mentor," and that the page and the congressman were on a first-name basis.  Indeed, the page sent Foley a Christmas card with a picture of himself, "though he could not recall if Foley had asked for the photo."

More about this on my blog, Blast Off!, back after a hiatus of some 18 months.

Originally posted to Sinfonian on Sat Oct 07, 2006 at 12:28 PM PDT.

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  •  Drip, drip, drip. (n/t) (0+ / 0-)
  •  Terror alert! (with apologies to Hitchcock) (19+ / 0-)

    "It's just like the 60's, only with less hope." -Justin Bond in the film "Shortbus" (-6.38/ -4.21)

    by wonkydonkey on Sat Oct 07, 2006 at 12:33:29 PM PDT

  •  is there a there there? (0+ / 0-)

    I read the report & am baffled -


    •  Baffled how? (1+ / 0-)
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      Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but it seems to me that, given what we now know about Foley, this was another attempt to "befriend" a page.  As the page himself wonders, "[W]here would it have gone?"

      The point here is, I believe, regardless of ages or sexual orientation or whatever, it just is inappropriate for a 50-plus-year-old congressman to correspond as he did with a page, mentoring relationship notwithstanding.  Having worked in D.C. (not as a page) for several years in the '80s, I also find it difficult to believe that it is very common for pages to be on a first-name basis with members of Congress (but I admit that is speculative).

      Watch me on Jeopardy! beginning November 6! (Check local listings for the time and channel in your area.)

      by Sinfonian on Sat Oct 07, 2006 at 12:39:06 PM PDT

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      •  Jumping at shadows (2+ / 0-)
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        Okay, I totally understand the page feeling a bit creeped out, like when you find the neighbor you've been saying hello to for years is a serial killer or kicks puppies or whatever.  There is a kind of horror at realizing you were in close proximity and might have been unknowingly at risk.

        However.  The guy says that he never thought anything of Foley, doesn't mention any attempts at more than a holiday card, and doesn't even know if he was asked for a photo or offered it himself.

        I think the word 'pursued' is more than a little strong in this case.  Sure, add it to the list of contacts, but by ramping up the hyperbole on every contact (and the law of averages says at least some are innocuous), I think people will downplay the actual, substantiated abuses of authority.

        •  Fair enough (0+ / 0-)
          I agree with the premise of your comment.  My use of the word "pursued" arguably could have been somewhat sensationalistic, but I believe that one reasonably could conclude based on a pattern of conduct that Foley had ulterior motives in befriending this page.  True, I'm speculating, but I probably could get it admitted into evidence under the "pattern" rule if this were a court proceeding.  (Lucky I remember something from law school ...)

          Thanks for your cogent comment.  Have some mojo.

          Watch me on Jeopardy! beginning November 6! (Check local listings for the time and channel in your area.)

          by Sinfonian on Sat Oct 07, 2006 at 01:05:07 PM PDT

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  •  Geez, glad I don't live in Palm Beach (0+ / 0-)

    Anyway, that newspaper website shows these headlines on Foley:

    Foley, in closet, quietly championed gay rights

    Foley to escape punishment by his peers

    Foley, AIDS education

    Is this what you wanted us to find?

    Foley won't be resuscitated, hopefully.

    <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

    by bronte17 on Sat Oct 07, 2006 at 01:29:44 PM PDT

  •  With all the time he spent (1+ / 0-)
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    chasing nubile male teens, when did Foley have time to vote or meet with contituents and lobbyists?

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Sat Oct 07, 2006 at 02:33:21 PM PDT

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