Gay baiting in Congress


I guess if the opposition can make you seem as though you are gay, your chances of winning the election go down just a bit, right?

A 16-year old, former Congressional page has reported what he calls inappropriate emails from Representative Mark Foley (R-FL).

According to ABC News:

The concerned young man alerted congressional staffers to the e-mails. In one e-mail, the former page writes to a staffer, “Maybe it is just me being paranoid, but seriously. This freaked me out.”

Foley’s office acknowledges that Foley wrote the e-mails to the young man but says they were completely innocent and that Foley is at most guilty of being “too friendly and too engaging” with young people.

The e-mails were sent from Foley’s personal AOL account, and the exchange began within weeks after the page finished his program on Capitol Hill. In one, Foley writes, “did you have fun at your conference…what do you want for your birthday coming up…what stuff do you like to do.”

In another Foley writes, “how are you weathering the hurricane…are you safe…send me an email pic of you as well…”

The young man forwarded that e-mail to a congressional staffer saying it was “sick sick sick sick sick.”

Foley’s office says it is their policy to keep pictures of former interns and anyone who may ask for a recommendation on file so they can remember them.

The Congressional page program was started in the 1800s. In its current form, juniors from high school work on Capitol Hill after school or over the summer. The young man in question did not work or intern for Foley’s office.

Elizabeth Nicolson, Foley’s Chief of Staff, said they believe the e-mail exchange began when the page asked Foley for a recommendation and that the subsequent exchange was totally innocent. She said Foley’s office believes the e-mails were released by the opposition as part of an “ugly smear campaign.”

So… if it is true, then, yeah, we have another Congressional sex scandal. If it isn’t all true and the Congressman is right, then shame on whoever thinks it is okay to smear a politician by falsely charging that he is gay. Kind of reminds me of those smear campaigns in the past when people were called “N—– lovers.” Shame.


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6 Responses to “Gay baiting in Congress”
  1. DJ says:

    Sounds just like the smear campain being thrown at George Allen. I guess the democrats have finally presented a plan on how to win the elections. They can’t win on the merrits so they have to stoop to personal attacks.

  2. Matt says:

    I feel ya DJ… although I do believe that the Democrats are doing a fine job without the smear campaign BS. The smear campaign stuff just needs to go, no matter who or what party is doing. It isn’t productive, it is a waste of time and money and hurts people’s lives and careers more than debating the issues could ever do.

  3. Repack Rider says:

    It’s not “gay-baiting.” Being gay is not the same as being a pedophile, and that’s certainly what the exchange, which THE RECIPIENT reported as “creepy,” suggests. My brother is gay, but he is not a pedophile. Is the difference so difficult to discern? Apparently, because the post and the two responses so far do not seem to understand the distinction.

    If Rep Foley can show similar concern for emailing and wanting photographs of other congressional employees of both sexes, then it would fade into a larger context, but there does not seem to be any larger context here. He seems to have targeted this young man, and the young man was extremely disturbed by the nature of the contact. So disturbed, in fact, that he reported the exchange.

    If a man 36 years older than YOUR teenager expressed such inappropriate interest, would it bother YOU? If not, WHY NOT?

  4. Joe Killian says:

    I don’t like to see anyone slinging mud at anybody – but I have to believe that if there were no truth to any of this the congressman wouldn’t have resigned. He did so without denying the exchanges and refusing to answer questions about them and if there were others.

  5. libhomo says:

    I think sexually harassing a minor is a problem, regardless of the genders of the people involved.

  6. Matt says:

    Repack Rider and libhomo… you are both right and I have definitely had my fair share of fighting folks who say gays are pedophiles (search my blog for marcus kindley). Although Rep Foley’s interaction with the 16 year old isn’t technically pedophilia and in the State of North Carolina it would actually be legal (age of consent here is 16), the fact still remains that it is sick what was happening there. I’m 20 years old and I can’t bring myself to be attracted to many people over 30 (sorry if that offends any of the men out there, lol). BUT… I must stress… the connection between Rep Foley and the boy will be made as a gay one, not a pedophilic one, so in that way it is like gay-baiting.

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