Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned yesterday because he sexually propositioned a sixteen year-old congressional page. That’s awful enough–well, that and Foley was the Chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, but what’s even worse is that the House Republican leadership knew about this for months and did nothing. Well, they did one thing: they warned the pages to stay away from from Foley. In case you’re wondering, no Democrat was informed, even those on the relevant committees.
The Party of Values never ceases to amaze me. Yet it gets even more bizarre. Even though Foley has resigned, he is still on the ballot for 2006 (
although he can be replaced according to Florida law). This may have cost the Republicans the Congress–Foley’s seat was borderline competitive.
Update: Apparently, Foley can’t be replaced on the ballot. Bad news for Republicans. It will be
interesting to see how many people vote for the scumbag.