Monday, December 11, 2006

House Report On Foley Scandal: "Wrongdoing Occurred … But No One Did It"

The House Ethics Committee said Friday that GOP lawmakers and staff members for years remained "willfully ignorant" that former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) was making sexual advances toward male congressional pages.

Driven by political considerations and fear of exposing Foley's homosexuality, they failed in their duty to protect the teenagers, the committee concluded. Congressional officials ignored evidence of predatory behavior by the Florida Republican that began emerging more than 10 years ago.

But in spite of those conclusions, the House committee said no rules were broken.

Lesson to America: Stupidity, selfishness, fear and put politics above the safety of teenagers are not against the rules in the House of Representatives. (Or at least not when a Republican-led committee is investigating alleged Republican violations surrounding a Republican congressman.)

"It's just unfathomable how you can reach the conclusion that wrongdoing occurred … but no one did it," Fred Wertheimer, president of the independent watchdog group Democracy 21, told the Los Angeles Times. "This is a classic demonstration of one of the fundamental ethics problems [in Congress]. They don't have a real system for enforcement."


Anonymous TwilightZone said...

Not to mention abuse of power

But then, we all know that the Republicans have no problem with that.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous AndyA said...

Let's face it: Congress needs to be overhauled.

They set their own salary, yet ignore the fact that minimum wage in this country forces people at that rate into a below poverty level existence.

They set their own work schedules, working 3 days a week, yet allow employers to abuse overtime by classifying people into an exempt category to evade paying overtime.

They are not held accountable for their campaign promises.

They have not been performing the checks and balances required by the Constitution.

They allow lobbyists to write legislation.

So the fact that they would allow underage minors to be stalked by a sexual predator, do nothing about it, and such activity does not violate any laws or ethics rules should be of little surprise to anyone.

The last six years of American government can best be compared to a Roman Holiday, where almost anything goes. It's disgraceful.

Something needs to change. This is unacceptable.

2:37 PM  
Anonymous kenny blankenship said...

Violate the rules? Screwing the next generation is what Congress is for Isn't it? Maybe I've lived too long under GOP political domination and have become confused.

2:37 PM  

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