That wasn’t me asking. That was Mark Foley cruising for prey among the male Congressional page corps. The revelations just keep coming from Mark Foley’s predatory past. Sunday’s Washington Post reveals some of his tactics and strategies in winning the confidence on male Congressional pages:
They met on the House floor. He was a 16-year-old political junkie, dressed in the drab navy blazer and gray slacks of a congressional page, rushing phone messages to the members he served. Rep. Mark Foley was tanned and charismatic, a successful politician in his mid-40s willing to joke with him between votes.
They talked perhaps a dozen times. Then at his page graduation ceremony that June, in 2002, he was excited when Foley appeared, uninvited, and dictated his personal e-mail address for the boy to jot in his memory book. “I started contacting him right away,” the young man recalled…
The messages were innocent at first. But after the young man moved home…Foley started asking about “my roommates, if I ever saw them naked.” Within months, the congressman was dangling a job offer, “because I was a hot boy,” he said. Two years later, when he contacted Foley for advice on D.C. hotels, the congressman wrote back: “You could always stay at my place. I’m always here, I’m always lonely, and I’m always up for oral sex.”
I find it odd that no one has been able to find a page with whom Foley actually engaged in a sexual act. Do you mean to tell me that a predator who will do the things that have already been revealed publicly wouldn’t “go all the way” if he got half a chance? Of course, it’s virtually certain that such a victim exists. Though it is perfectly understandable why such a person would feel absolute terror in the face of revealing such knowledge. It would turn a horror show into a nuclear megaton explosion in D.C. politics. But somebody is out there, mark my words.
While we’re on the subject of “hot boys,” I wonder whether Denny Hastert and his cronies are feeling particularly “hot” these days. From what we’re reading in the papers, it doesn’t appear the American people thinks of them as hot boys either. I think Foley and his fellow Republican hot boys are going to get a cold shower come November.