Mark Foley Speaks, Says Little

Remember Mark Foley? He'd like to make a comeback.

"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 had "lurid, sexually explicit" electronic chats with teenage interns when he was a Congressman. If Foley wants to "find [his] way back" to a political or public career, or even a job as a previously owned car salesman, he needs to show a bit more understanding of his conduct than this: [more ...]

These were 17-year-olds, just months from being men, he insists.

"There was never anywhere in those conversations where someone said, 'Stop,' or 'I'm not enjoying this,' or 'This is inappropriate' ... but again, I'm the adult here, I'm the congressman," Foley said. "The fact is I allowed it to happen. That's where my responsibility lies."

Foley didn't "allow it to happen," he made it happen. He's the one who sent the instant messages.

Foley's "it was all in good fun" defense is at odds with reports that at least some interns felt discomfort to be targeted by Foley's erotic communications. Regardless, Foley doesn't seem to appreciate the power differential between an older member of Congress and a teenage congressional intern. The "he enjoyed it" excuse doesn't sit well with members of the public who wonder what Foley was doing chatting about sex with teenagers in the first place.

Foley has a point when he asserts that he was wrongly branded as a pedophile.

Foley had built a national reputation as an advocate for tougher penalties against child sexual predators. As co-chairman of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, he helped craft a law to protect children on the Internet. Still, he said, there was no hypocrisy.

"The work I was doing was involving young children ... You know, you hear the term 'pedophile.' That is prepubescent," Foley said, noting a "huge difference" from lurid chats with teens on the brink of adulthood.

Pedophile, probably not. A hypocrite, absolutely. How many of the voters who loved him for his "we need to protect our children" political posturing knew that he only wanted to protect prepubescent children, but thought postpubescent minors were fair game?

Speaking of hypocrisy:

While his homosexuality was said to be the worst-kept secret on the Hill and around Palm Beach, he cloaked himself in a false public persona, appearing at events with beautiful women.

Foley couldn't be himself and get elected as a Republican. Now he's claiming not to be a hypocrite? As comebacks go, Foley is off to a poor start.

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    Is the GOP this desperate? (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Fabian on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 02:55:21 PM EST
    Let's see if the Right's pundits have an opinion on this or if they pretend Foley doesn't exist.

    (I'm expecting the latter.)

    Wait, didn't Jesus already forgive him? (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by MyLeftMind on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 03:09:35 PM EST
    If so, well then of course he can come back.

    Maybe he can sign up as an Independent. Sounds like he already plays both sides...


    So we can count... (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by kdog on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 03:12:01 PM EST
    on a risen from the ashes Foley to advocate for change in the area of sex-offender registries, where we all hear the horror stories of people branded for life for actions far less troubling than what Foley has admitted to?

    Some people simply have no shame (5.00 / 0) (#6)
    by Spamlet on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 05:24:46 PM EST
    I mean this as an objective observation, not a judgment (that would be redundant, since Foley's actions have already been judged by his peers in Congress).

    Most people, having incurred that kind of glaringly public opprobrium, and for the reason Foley incurred it, might be grateful to be allowed to slink off and live far away from the spotlight.

    But not Mark Foley. As I said--no shame. His shamelessness, no matter what you think of it, says a lot about his overall character.

    To be honest (1.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Steve M on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 03:13:47 PM EST
    if I had to choose between Foley and the Dem who replaced him, knowing what I know now, I think I might take Foley!

    Dude needs a reality check. (none / 0) (#5)
    by nycstray on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 03:30:28 PM EST