As an adult who volunteers with teens, my reaction to the news of Rep. Foley’s violation of trust, ethics and the law while sexually harassing Congressional Pages was rather harsh.
It still is.
His behavior was the very definition of unacceptable and inappropriate. I'm not a lawyer, but I sincerely hope it was illegal.
I found the transcripts disturbing and would call the posting of them a further violation if that move wasn’t what resulted...finally... in something being done in this matter.
That ABC News accomplished what the leadership in the House seemed unwilling to even initiate…meaning an investigation…is not reason to celebrate.
This whole mess is a bloody shame.
The Page system is a unique opportunity for young adults to serve this country and the political process.
It is not a shopping opportunity for sexual predators.
The United States House of Representatives is the people’s house…my house…and I am disgusted by this mess.
The whirlwind of recent activity by the Leadership of the House only highlights what didn’t happen when the initial allegations were made…demonstrates what should have been done then to prevent the need for what is being done now.
That state of denial must be an epidemic…
And one more thing...in response to this bullshit.
If Hassert didn't know then why the hell didn't he?
I'm sorry but "I was duped" fails to pass the smell test.
If someone approached me with an allegation that another adult was making a child "uncomfortable" I'd make it my business to know the particulars. At the very least, I would pass it on to the authorities.
What I would not do is slap the adult in question on the hand and tell them to go forth...leave the child alone...and sin no more.
How the hell do you tell someone to stop doing something if you haven't investigated what the fuck he may or may not have done?
And don't tell me these people don't know how to run an aggressive investigation...that, without doubt, is absolute bullshit on ice.
Lawd, give me strength...