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G.O.P. Leaders Knew in Late 05 of E-Mail
new york times ^ | 10/1/06 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ

Posted on 09/30/2006 6:33:09 PM PDT by mathprof

Top House Republicans knew for months about e-mail traffic between Representative Mark Foley and a former teenage page, but kept the matter secret and allowed Mr. Foley to remain head of a Congressional caucus on children’s issues, Republican lawmakers said Saturday.

The exchanges began with what Republicans now describe as an “overfriendly” e-mail message from Mr. Foley to the unidentified teenager. But news reports about the exchanges have led to the disclosure of e-mail correspondence with other former pages in which the discussions became more and more sexually explicit. Shortly after he was confronted by ABC News on Friday about the subject, Mr. Foley, who represented a south Florida district, resigned from the House.

The revelations set off a political upheaval, with Democrats and some Republicans alike calling for a full investigation of Mr. Foley’s conduct and whether House leaders did enough to look into it. Members of the Republican leadership sought Saturday to detail how they had handled the case in an effort to defuse the matter, even as it was emerging as an issue in Congressional races.

Among those who became aware of the communication in the fall of 2005 between Mr. Foley and the 16-year-old page, who worked for Representative Rodney Alexander, Republican of Louisiana, were Representative John A. Boehner, the majority leader, and Representative Thomas M. Reynolds of New York, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Mr. Reynolds said in a statement Saturday that he had also personally raised the issue with Speaker J. Dennis Hastert earlier this year.

“Despite the fact that I had not seen the e-mails in question, and Mr. Alexander told me that the parents didn’t want the matter pursued, I told the speaker of the conversation Mr. Alexander had with me,” Mr. Reynolds said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alexander; fagadrama; foley; gayagenda; gopfagbadratfagsgood; hastert; houseleadership; logcabinrepublicans; markfoley
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Taylor Jones/Associated Press

Tim Mahoney, the Democratic opponent

of Mark Foley, at a campaign event with

Senator John Kerry on Saturday.

1 posted on 09/30/2006 6:33:10 PM PDT by mathprof
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To: mathprof

So the message is the Dems are strong against gays and weak against terrorists. Works for me.


2 posted on 09/30/2006 6:34:34 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: mathprof

Best enjoyed with a large serving of Crow for all those who defended this pervert.


3 posted on 09/30/2006 6:36:27 PM PDT by itsahoot (If the GOP does not do something about immigration, immigration will do something about the GOP)
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To: mathprof

Oh man. Politics has now come down to deciding between Sodom or Gomorrah. If God doesn't do something about the radical immorality in this nation, He's going to have to apologize to those two cities.


4 posted on 09/30/2006 6:37:08 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: mathprof

Hindsight is always 20/20.


5 posted on 09/30/2006 6:38:11 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: mathprof


Hastert must resign


6 posted on 09/30/2006 6:40:37 PM PDT by Homer1
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To: mathprof

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1711372/posts


7 posted on 09/30/2006 6:41:16 PM PDT by socal_parrot (Chicks dig me.)
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To: Homer1

"Hastert must resign"

For what?


8 posted on 09/30/2006 6:42:04 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: mathprof
Top House Republicans knew for months about e-mail traffic between Representative Mark Foley and a former teenage page

Sounds like those 'Top House Republicans' need unemployment.
9 posted on 09/30/2006 6:42:18 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: mathprof

Just as Democrats love humanity in the abstract, but loathe actual people, so they are all for homosexuals until the fit hits the shan, then they fingerpoint and yell "Fag!".


10 posted on 09/30/2006 6:46:03 PM PDT by metesky (My investment program is holding steady @ .05 a can.)
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To: Homer1

You left off the sarcasm tag.


11 posted on 09/30/2006 6:46:34 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: mathprof
The revelations set off a political upheaval, with Democrats and some Republicans alike calling for a full investigation of Mr. Foley’s conduct and whether House leaders did enough to look into it.

Will the Dims condemn or congratulate Foley?

12 posted on 09/30/2006 6:47:03 PM PDT by tsomer
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To: Phsstpok; OldFriend; Morgan in Denver; Bahbah; MNJohnnie; Mo1

Ping


13 posted on 09/30/2006 6:47:08 PM PDT by Txsleuth (,((((((((ISRAEL)))))) Pray for the release of the Israelis.)
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To: marajade
"Hastert must resign"

For what?

Anyone that knew about this dirtbag and didn't take appropriate action needs to go - if Hastert knew he needs to go.

14 posted on 09/30/2006 6:47:22 PM PDT by ExpatCanuck
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To: mathprof

Well, I've got no problem with letting the truth come out, and letting the chips fall where they may.

If some people knew something illegal was going on, and did nothing about it, then they can "wear it".

Also, this appears to be a NYT story. I wonder if its true or made up. No way of knowing.


15 posted on 09/30/2006 6:47:38 PM PDT by Sid Spinach
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To: marajade

for allowing a kiddie fiddler to remain in such a prominent position in the party as the latest of his transgressions...


16 posted on 09/30/2006 6:48:35 PM PDT by Homer1
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To: ExpatCanuck

Again, for what? IMing a 16 year old which is the age of consent in DC.


17 posted on 09/30/2006 6:48:43 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: Txsleuth

I'll be more interested when a real newspaper writes about it. The NY Times has little credibility, IMHO.


18 posted on 09/30/2006 6:48:58 PM PDT by Morgan in Denver
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To: tsomer

The DEMS will high five for the next 6 weeks as they "use" this incident to bury the GOP..

The might even try to find this boy...to even further their goal of proving how corrupt the Republicans are..

At least that is what I assume their plans are...


19 posted on 09/30/2006 6:49:11 PM PDT by Txsleuth (,((((((((ISRAEL)))))) Pray for the release of the Israelis.)
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To: Homer1

Did he commit illegalities?


20 posted on 09/30/2006 6:49:15 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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