Republican leaders who might have known about disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley's explicit sexual messages to underage male pages "are very liberal people" because they did not expose Foley's actions, Democratic congressional candidate Mike Weaver said in an interview with the Herald-Leader on Monday night.
"They have tolerated things that they should not have tolerated," Weaver said. "And it is far worse than what Bill Clinton wanted to do with Don't Ask, Don't Tell because this has to do with 16-year-old boys. So they covered that up, and that showed a very liberal tendency from some of the leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives."
When asked to clarify whether he was equating predatory behavior toward children with being liberal, Weaver said that had Foley been a Democrat, the entire party would have been branded as liberals.
"I think that is despicable conduct and that if anybody in the Democratic Party had done that, it would be: 'Those damn liberals are doing it again. We can't trust them,'" he said.
Weaver's poor campaign manager was present, and tried to rescue something out of this train wreck:
At one point, his campaign manager, Robert Kellar, interrupted the interview to interject that Weaver was "not saying liberals are pedophiles."
Thanks for clarifying that, Robert.
And then, to make this bizarre situation even more bizarre, it's the Republican incumbent Ron Lewis who came to the defense of liberals!
"He's got a confusing message going there," Lewis said Tuesday afternoon. "I don't know where he's coming from."
Lewis said he rejected any idea that liberals are more apt to be socially deviant or to cover up such activity. "I have liberal friends who are very decent human beings," he said.
My head didn't explode, but it came close.
(Via the Young People For blog.)