Thursday, October 05, 2006

Looks like I missed this

Melissa Hart did make a few comments after all.....

From KDKA on Oct. 2nd:

Hart, Doyle React To Resignation Of Rep. Foley
Jon Delano

WASHINGTON Florida Congressman Mark Foley resigned late last week after allegations that he sent explicit e-mails to teenage congressional pages.

His resignation brought quick and similar reactions from local members of Congress.

However, the shared outrage over Foley's conduct split party lines when it came to who was responsible and what should happen next.

In five weeks, voters across America will decide whether Republicans should continue to control the U.S. House of Representatives.

So, no one should be surprised that the controversy over a Republican congressman from Florida and his questionable e-mails to under aged house pages is political fodder for those who think it's time for a change in Washington.

Both Congresswoman Melissa Hart and Congressman Mike Doyle have known Foley during his years in Congress.

Foley was first elected in 1994 when Republicans swept control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"He was one of 74 Republicans, and I've known him for the past twelve years," said Doyle.

Hart said, "I served on the Ways & Means Committee with him, and no one would have thought this would happen. He was a committed congressman, just like the rest of us, taking care of the district."

"no one would have thought this would happen?" how about your leadership who's known about Foley's problems for what is it up to now? 11 years?

But unlike most, Foley, apparently, took a special interest in the teenage pages who work on Capitol Hill -- emailing and instant messaging sexually suggestive comments.

"It's hard to imagine," said Doyle. "The behavior is reprehensible. I certainly had no clue to it."

"It's a heinous thing," said Hart. "Everyone's disgusted. How could a person I work with every day have done something like this."

But Hart, a Republican, and Doyle, a Democrat, disagree about whether Republican leaders should have acted sooner when they learned months ago about Foley's e-mail.

"Well, the first e-mail was e-mail was of a non-sexual content, it is my understanding," said Hart.

So I guess Melissa thinks the first exposed emails where ok? Well here's what the 16yr old kid that received thm thought.....Sick, sick, sick,
sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick...

"You ask your nieces and nephews what they want for their birthday," said Doyle. "You don't ask total strangers that. It doesn't pass the common sense test. It should have raised an alarm bell."

And they disagree over who should investigate.

"The Attorney General is looking at the entire matter, and that's what needs to happen," said Hart.
Hey Melissa, a real leader would take full advantage of their position. How about a statement like, "I will use my position on the ethics commmittee to fully investigate this matter and I will push for those involved with covering it up to receive the committees maximum punishment. Just like I did with Tom Delay." hahahahahhahah....that would only happen if Melissa belonged to a different political party, instead of the rubber stamp Repubs.

"An independent review of this case is in order, so that we can take it out of the realm of politics because if we don't do that, if the administration looks at this, if the House leadership looks into this, then people will say there's a cover up going on," said Doyle.

Now both Doyle and Hart say this issue should not be politicized but that's exactly what is likely to happen especially as the parties disagree over who should do the investigation.

One thing they do not disagree about.

Both Hart and Doyle say if house leaders, or anyone else, knew what Foley was doing and didn't report it to the authorities, they should be fully prosecuted.


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