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Monday, October 02, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Time Out

“The Quotes of the Morning will be going on a brief hiatus as I need to do some business travel. They shall return on Friday. In the meantime, I leave you with some words of wisdom from one of the top Republican moneymakers in the House of Representatives.”

“Mark Foley, a six-term Republican congressman from Florida, championed the protection of children from sexual predators. Chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, he often spoke out about the need to catch pedophiles. In July, he attended a signing ceremony at the White House for the Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. ‘We track library books better than we do sexual predators,’ he had argued in support of the bill.”
-Newsweek, October 9, 2006 Issue

“Brave words from a brave man. Why brave? Because he had the cohones to say that while saying things like this to 16-year old boys. (Maf54 is Foley. This is from a report by ABC News)”

“Maf54: You in your boxers, too?

Teen: Nope, just got home. I had a college interview that went late.
Maf54: Well, strip down and get relaxed.”
-Email conversation with Representative Mark Foley, via ABC News

“Maf54: What ya wearing?

Teen: tshirt and shorts
Maf54: Love to slip them off of you.”
-Email conversation with Representative Mark Foley, via ABC News

“Maf54: Do I make you a little horny?

Teen: A little.
Maf54: Cool.”
-Email conversation with Representative Mark Foley, via ABC News

“You know.. this isn’t about Foley being gay. I couldn’t care less about that (though his supporting a party that actively hates gays is somewhat ironic). This is about him being a pedophile who claims to protect children during the day while trying to molest them at night. Sick, sick, sick.”

“National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Reynolds (N.Y.) issued a statement Saturday in which he said that he had informed Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) of allegations of improper contacts between then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) and at least one former male page, contradicting earlier statements from Hastert.

GOP sources said Reynolds told Hastert earlier in 2006, shortly after the February GOP leadership elections. Hastert's response to Reynolds' warning remains unclear.
Hastert's staff insisted Friday night that he was not told of the Foley allegations and are scrambling to respond to Reynolds' statement.”
-Roll Call, September 30, 2006

“Sure he did.”

“Rep. Reynolds' NRCC received $100,000 from disgraced Rep. Foley in July, after he learned about Foley's inappropriate emails with minors

As reported yesterday, Reynolds declined to report the inappropriate emails to authorities or act on them -- now we may know why
During the same period Rep. Tom Reynolds was keeping Mark Foley's inappropriate emails with minors secret, his campaign committee coffers received a $100,000 donation from Foley, it was revealed today. Reynolds has come under fire for knowing about the inappropriate emails for many months and covering it up to protect his colleague who has since been forced to resign.”
-New York State Democratic Committee

“House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was notified early this year of inappropriate e-mails from former representative Mark Foley (R-Fla.) to a 16-year-old page, a top GOP House member said yesterday -- contradicting the speaker's assertions that he learned of concerns about Foley only last week....

Yesterday's developments revealed a rift at the highest echelons of House Republican ranks a month before the Nov. 7 elections, and they threatened to expand the scandal to a full-blown party dilemma.”
-Washington Post, October 1, 2006

“The resignation rocked the Capitol, and especially Foley's GOP colleagues, as lawmakers were rushing to adjourn for at least six weeks. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of some ‘contact’ between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), and that Hastert assured him ‘we're taking care of it.’
It was not immediately clear what actions Hastert took. His spokesman had said earlier that the speaker did not know of the sexually charged e-mails between Foley and the boy.”
-Washington Post, September 30, 2006

“And Mr. Foley is not the only person who could possibly face prosecution, Professor Berman said. ‘If there were people who knew about him or protected him,’ he said, ‘some sort of complicity or conspiracy charge is certainly viable.’”
-New York Times, October 2, 2006

“Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, questioned yesterday why Alexander had gone to the House Republicans' chief political operative, rather than to other party leaders. ‘That's to protect a member, not to protect a child,’ Emanuel said.”
-Washington Post, October 1, 2006

“Never a dull moment. Maybe we should just torture Hastert to find out what he knew and when. I hear that you can get credible information through torture.. Sigh.. The bar for scandal has been put pretty high recently hasn’t it?
The Quotes of the Morning will return Friday. Have fun until then.”


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