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Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Blame it on the rain (or the alcohol, the pedophile priest, Jim McGreevey's New Jersey press conference and your mama)
(Note: Breaking developments on the Foley lawyer's press conference farther down the post...)

The newly alcoholic Mark Foley now turns out to have conducted Internet sex with a former page while taking a break from doing the people's business on the House floor. From ABC News/Brian Ross:
ormer Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) interrupted a vote on the floor of the House in 2003 to engage in Internet sex with a high school student who had served as a congressional page, according to new Internet instant messages provided to ABC News by former pages.

ABC News now has obtained 52 separate instant message exchanges, which former pages say were sent by Foley, using the screen name Maf54, to two different boys under the age of 18.

This message was dated April 2003, at approximately 7 p.m., according to the message time stamp.

Maf54: I miss you
Teen: ya me too
Maf54: we are still voting
Maf54: you miss me too

The exchange continues in which Foley and the teen both appear to describe having sexual orgasms.

Maf54: ok..i better go vote..did you know you would have this effect on me
Teen: lol I guessed
Teen: ya go vote…I don't want to keep you from doing our job
Maf54: can I have a good kiss goodnight
Teen: :-*

The House voted that evening on HR 1559, Emergency War Time supplemental appropriations. [Emphasis added]

According to another message, Foley also invites the teen and a friend to come to his house near Capitol Hill so they can drink alcohol.

Teen: are you going to be in town over the veterans day weekend
Maf54: I may be now that your coming
Maf54: who you coming to visit
Teen: haha good stuff
Teen: umm no one really

Maf54: we will be adjourned ny then
Teen: oh good
Maf54: by
Maf54: then we can have a few drinks
Maf54: lol
Teen: yes yes ;-)
Maf54: your not old enough to drink
Teen: shhh…
Maf54: ok
Teen: that's not what my ID says
Teen: lol
Maf54: ok
Teen: I probably shouldn't be telling you that huh
Maf54: we may need to drink at my house so we don't get busted
I suppose he was drunk at that time, too? ... with no one around him able to tell...? Read transcripts of the newest email mother lode here if you can stand it.

Update (6:06): Foley's got a brand new defense...

Disgraced former Congressman Mark Foley now claims he was molested by a clergyman between the ages of 13 and 15. Foley, a Catholic, has gone to the well with the drunk defense, and now he is pulling out all the stops, throwing in clergy sex abuse and even trying the McGreevey gambit:

"Mark also wants you to know that he is a gay man," his lawyer, David Roth, just announced at his "bombshell" press conference (curiously timed just hours after the latest ABC news find ... 52 new nasty messages and counting...) Can a book tour and a stint on Oprah be far behind?

Giveth me a break...

Roth also vigorously denies that Foley is a pedophile (that I can agree with. He's more of a dirty gay old man who's into turning out teenaged boys.)

He says "categorically, Mark Foley denies ever having sexual contact with a minor."

The lawyer claims to be unfamiliar with the charge that Foley invited teenaged pages to his house...

Transcript of the presser to come.

Update 2: Throw Denny from the train...
House political climber John Boehner cuts bait, and throws Speaker Hastert under the bus, and then tries to pull the body out from under the wheels so it can be identified before Boehner walks over it to get himself into the speaker's chair...
Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- House Majority Leader John Boehner said Speaker Dennis Hastert was responsible for how the case of Mark Foley's inappropriate e-mails to pages was handled, while saying he disagreed with calls for Hastert to step down.

``I believe I had talked to the speaker and he told me it had been taken care of,'' Boehner, an Ohio Republican, told Cincinnati 700 WLW Radio this morning. ``It's in his corner, it's his responsibility.''

The Congressional Page Board and others overseeing the program, ``all report to the speaker,'' Boehner told the station.

Separately, Boehner wrote a letter to the Washington Times saying he disagreed with the newspaper's call for Hastert's resignation. ``Had Speaker Hastert or anyone else in our leadership known about Mr. Foley's despicable conduct, I'm confident the speaker would have moved to expel Mr. Foley immediately,'' Boehner wrote to the paper.

Hastert said today that he has no intention of leaving the House's top post, which he has held since 1999, and defended his office's response.
And Denny didn't even feel the knife going in...

Update 3:Here's the first dispatch on the Foley lawyer's presser, courtesy of the Palm Beach Post.
The rub: Foley was an altar boy at the same Catholic Church in Lake Worth, Florida where two priests are accused of stealing millions of dollars to pad a lavish lifestyle.

I continue to wonder out loud, as politically incorrect as it is, whether the Dems take the dark road and tag Foley and his newly declared sexual orientation, to single, super-tan, metrosexual Charlie Crist, who's currently in the lead for governor.

Update: TPMM has the presser video

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