Even today, two years after Mark Foley's very public fall from grace, the former congressman can't explain why he sent lurid, sexually explicit computer messages to male teens who had worked as Capitol Hill pages.
Sitting in his room at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York this week, the Florida Republican, wearing a yellow tie with blue elephants, finally broke his silence.
"I'm trying to find my way back," Foley said in an interview with The Associated Press, his first public comments on the scandal since resigning from Congress on Sept. 29, 2006.
Foley insists he did nothing illegal and never had sexual contact with teens, just inappropriate Internet conversations. Investigations by the FBI and Florida authorities ended without criminal charges.
And while he concedes his behavior was "extraordinarily stupid," he remains somewhat unwilling to accept full public scorn.
These were 17-year-olds, just months from being men, he insists.
Mark Foley still doesn't take responsibility for his actions. The age of his victims (yes, I call them victims) is bad enough for goodness sakes, and yet he fails to realize that there is a natural element of coercion present in his actions because of his position of power and influence as a Congressman. His pining for teenagers was then and is now just downright disgusting. Personally, I find teenagers incredibly annoying...why is this man unable to relate to people within his own peer group? I do not seek to condemn the man, but he needs help, and he clearly hasn't gotten it.
posted by Chris L., at
11/12/2008 10:54 AM
And how far is he from actually being a homosexual? lol. What a wanker! Can one collect social security if months away from being a senior citizen? NO. Maybe he misses the spotlight.
posted by mail, at
11/12/2008 11:03 AM
It is so sad that Mark Foley cannot be honest even with himself. I suspect that he is gay with a preference for young men.
As for the age of his victims, it makes no difference how close to 18 they were. 17 is underage.
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