I don't really care about Mark Foley. He's one of many conservative idiots that has long been cast out. He was also one of the first of a modern wave of GOP sex scandals, something I usually enjoy reporting. But Foley liked to sexually harass (and who knows, possibly more) underage men/boys. He didn't just give a black eye to the Republicans, he solidified in some people's mind a link between pedophilia and homosexuality.
That's so totally not cool. While I might know that gay people are no more likely to be kiddie-chasers than straight people are, many people aren't aware of that. In fact, many people who don't like gay people are anxious to believe there is a link. Foley is just a sleaze bucket who just happens to (apparently) be gay also. So, while Foley whines about the damage this "indiscretion" has dealt his career, I can only lament the damage he's done to the perception of gays in society.
Foley: I’m not a pedophile because the pages were almost 18.
Today, former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) finally broke his two-year silence after the revelations about his lurid IM conversations with congressional pages. Foley conceded that his behavior was “extraordinarily stupid,” but throughout the AP interview, he stayed on the defensive. . .
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