Skip to comments.Ex Rep Foley Checks into Alcohol Rehab
Posted on 10/02/2006 6:41:40 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Rep. Mark Foley, under FBI investigation for e-mail exchanges with teenage congressional pages, has checked himself into rehabilitation facility for alcoholism treatment and accepts responsibility for his actions, his attorney acknowledged Monday.
The attorney, David Roth, would not identify the facility, but told the Associated Press in West Palm Beach, Fla., that Foley had checked in over the weekend.
"I strongly believe that I am an alcoholic and have accepted the need for immediate treatment for alcoholism and other behavioral problems," Foley said in a statement, Roth told the AP.
Foley, a Republican, abruptly quit Congress on Friday after reports surfaced that he'd sent sexually charged electronic messages to boys working as pages. In the statement, Foley said the "events that led to my resignation have crystalized recognition of my long-standing and significant alcoholism and emotional difficulties."
"I deeply regret and accept full responsibility for the harm I have caused," Foley said. He also expressed "gratitude for the prayers and words of encouragement that have been conveyed to me."
The FBI, meanwhile, "is conducting an assessment to see if there's been a violation of federal law," according to FBI spokesman Richard Kolko.
White House press secretary Tony Snow, asked about that Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America," urged greater efforts to "figure out what happened here." He called it "a terrible story" and said he considered it unfortunate that "people are thinking, 'OK, can I get political advantage out of this'."
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I am a Republican from New Orleans, LA, sadly represented by Dollar Bill Jefferson. But you, sir, are as bad as any other political whore in the Democrat party you knew about the Foley situation and you kept it secret for months what was the reason for covering for Foley? The only possible explanation is your desire for power and the fear of losing it. That is reprehensible and cannot stand at this point the only reason I want to keep unethical Republican trash like you as the majority is that my fear for the country if the Democrats take power is greater than my disgust with you. At the very least, you should resign as Speaker.
Yep. I believe people will notice that. "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!"
The democrats are right out in front beating themselves in the head with their own past. Let them talk. It's a good thing.
"But I can guarantee you that Dems knew about it too and waited to spring this until now, just before the election. Their "it's for the children" just doesn't cut it."
I don't doubt this but again this comes back to leadership. This coming out was forseeable. Politics is a rough game. If you know an uncomfortable secret about an opponent you don't spring it in March, you spring it in October. Our guys would have waited until right before the election too if they had a juicy secret. Thats why this should have been headed off at the pass and Foley should have been eased out months ago when the first emails came to light.
Taking lessons from the Dem play book, ala Patrick Kennedy?
Hope one behavioral lesson he learns in rehab is to stay out of the United States Congress.
I agree entirely. They should have known better. Keeping this secret was vile and we will pay the price--in fact the world may pay the price if the Dems retake the house because of it. This man was a known homosexual. I hope that Republican voters in the future will be more careful about who they elect for government representation.
Oh brother. Rehab? Why not 2-3 years ago, Foley?
Foley is slandering upstanding Skid Row bums who have never tried to do the unthinkable with young boys.
Given the chance, we at the TdTGC would impose stronger penalties than mere prison from amputation to the full measure of justice by auto da fe followed by fire.
It's the old "alcohol/drugs/bipolar disorder/depression made me lust after children/curse out the police/crash my car in the middle of the night/beat my wife" defense.
Foley is a despicable pervert, but that does not make Pelosi fit to be speaker.
We should also note that Giddy Dole wanted this pervert to run for the Senate in Florida. Wouldn't that have been fun for Bill Nelson? All part of Giddy's relentless drive to "moderate" the GOP Senate caucus.
Foley's a pervert...who used his powerful position to try and take advantage of male minors. Even IF he is an alcoholic, it doesn't excuse his behavior and abject hypocrisy.
I've posted this belief before here on Free Republic...one thing that I so admire about conservatives is, when confronted by solid proof of illegal or just plain bad behavior, they know how to take out their trash. (Can't say the same for Dems, but then that's why I left the Left.)
Foley resigned, not out of a sense of shame or honor, but because he knew he was caught and would get the boot by the voters. Shame on those Republican Party members who tried to cover this up...it will come back to bite them...
"Captain's Quarters" Blog has some info on Hastert and it aint pretty.
This will be a perect storm blowing (well, of course I chose that word deliberately) the Republicans out of power just when it is becoming clear Al Qaeda has been decimated and Iraq is turing the corner.
With the donks back in power...forget it
September 30, 2006
Hastert Knew While Foley Flew
Well, well, well. It appears the Republicans actually can make the Foley controversy worse. As if it wasn't bad enough that John Boehner knew about Foley's track record of sexual harassment of his underage pages, now it turns out that Speaker Denny Hastert lied about what he knew and when he knew it. Roll Call reports that Thomas Reynolds (R-NY), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told Hastert about Foley's predatory actions in late winter or early spring of this year:
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Reynolds (N.Y.) issued a statement Saturday in which he said that he had informed Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) of allegations of improper contacts between then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) and at least one former male page, contradicting earlier statements from Hastert.' GOP sources said Reynolds told Hastert earlier in 2006, shortly after the February GOP leadership elections. Hastert's response to Reynolds' warning remains unclear.
Hastert's staff insisted Friday night that he was not told of the Foley allegations and are scrambling to respond to Reynolds' statement.
I cannot tell CQ readers how disgusted I am with Speaker Hastert. Reynolds is no fringe nutcase; he's the man Hastert trusted to run the midterm re-elections of the Republican caucus. He has no reason to lie, but Hastert apparently did. This also calls into question Boehner's earlier reversal, when he denied saying that he informed Hastert after Hastert denied knowing of Foley's activities.
Hastert should have been a man from the beginning and admit that he knew about Foley. Now he has destroyed any credibility left in his Speakership, and he has only compounded the embarrassment for the GOP caucus. Foley's actions reflect on Foley alone, but thanks to Hastert and perhaps Boehner, the aftermath will reflect on all Republicans in the House.
Republicans have to act swiftly to remove the stench of Foleygate from the party. They need to demand the resignation of Hastert as Speaker, as well as Boehner as Majority Leader if he lied to protect Hastert. Allowing Foley off the hook was a mistake in judgment, but this is a betrayal of those who trusted Hastert to lead the House with dignity, honesty, and integrity.
CLARIFICATION: When I say resign, I mean from their leadership positions. Neither committed a crime, and their constituents should judge whether they should continue to represent them.
UPDATE: CQ readers seem to have misunderstood what this post concerns. Here's what Hastert's office was saying yesterday:
The resignation rocked the Capitol, and especially Foley's GOP colleagues, as lawmakers were rushing to adjourn for at least six weeks. House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of inappropriate "contact" between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he then told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). Boehner later contacted The Post and said he could not remember whether he talked to Hastert.
It was not immediately clear what actions Hastert took. His spokesman had said earlier that the speaker did not know of the sexually charged online exchanges between Foley and the boy.
Today, Reynolds' statement demolishes Hastert's denial. Hastert lied about his knowledge of the case. It doesn't make any difference if Hastert got Foley to resign, or whether some news outlets sat on the story. He bald-faced lied, and he apparently got Boehner to retract his statement that Boehner had informed him of Foley's inappropriate behavior in the spring. Hastert tried to cover his own butt by hiding the truth, and it appears Boehner tried to help him do it.
Also, this isn't a "dirty trick". The timing might have been manipulated, but a dirty trick involves false allegations. No one framed Foley -- he did this to himself.
UPDATE II: Another article from yesterday that reflects that Hastert's office denied knowing anything of the Foley allegations. Ron Bonjean, Hastert's spokesman, made it clear that Hastert knew nothing of the earlier allegations, and bear in mind that this was when people were asking about how the Republicans could have failed to inform the Page Board of the allegations.
UPDATE III: One last update, and then I'm moving on. I am not so much angry about the decision made by GOP leadership that the evidence and the demands of the parents to drop the issue left them little to do about Foley other than chastise him. I think they should have at least informed the Page Board, since that is the procedure, but that's a simple error in judgment. I'm not claiming that Hastert knew about the IMs months ago, because apparently no one but a few Democratic operatives knew about that until last week.
What makes me angry and disappointed is the denial by Hastert that he knew anything about Foley's issues on Friday. Recall that Majority Leader John Boehner had already told the press that he told Hastert about the earlier e-mails months ago, and after Hastert's statement, Boehner had to retract that. Only after Reynolds released his statement did Hastert acknowledge that he knew about Foley's earlier issues. It's the dishonesty and the butt-covering that I find unacceptable in a House Speaker, who is two heartbeats away from the Presidency.
*From other sites I have learned the office of the pages warned the pages about Foley.
* That is what happens when one accepts the normalisation of homosexuality. Any institution which accepts it as normal WILL be subverted, weakened, and destroyed.
What could Hastert have done? At 16, The men were of legal age and were not working under Foley. Technically, it was all legal. All the targets had to do was block Foleys IM's if they didn't want his advances. Legally, what could Hastert have done? The government can't tell people who they can date and who they can't. I don't see where Hastert could have stopped Foley if Foley wanted to do it.
IF one of the young men worked under Foley and was solicited, he could have brought up harassment charges, but he didn't. So now what? There was no crime other than Foley being a flaming fag (which is demented but unfortunately not illegal).
Alcohol? Whatever Foley. Alcohol does not make you target children sexually, it may loosen inhibitions for behavior you've held in temptation prior.
If you were a Democrat maybe you'd get away with this because all they care about are the politics. You'll have no such allowance on this side of the aisle. Your behavior targeting pages entrusted to adult care in D.C. is perverse. It's a betrayal that can't be blamed on alcohol.
Unless it's a rehab center for bone-smuggling, this is a pointless.
"What makes me angry and disappointed is the denial by Hastert that he knew anything about Foley's issues on Friday."
What I understood is that Mr. Hastert was reacting to the more serious allegations related to the IMs.
I think this blogger may need to take a chill pill.
CREW is a dirty tricks democrat group. They are the ones who orchestrated "culture of corruption" to attack delay.
Once he resigned they focused on foley.
It is funded by george Soros.
Who is C.R.E.W.?
Heres what The Hill wrote:
One target of Republican criticism is Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the group that last year assisted former Rep. Chris Bell (D-Texas) in drafting an ethics complaint against DeLay, which resulted in an admonishment of DeLay from the ethics committee. At last weeks press conference, Melanie Sloan, CREWs executive director, said that DeLay should step down as majority leader.
From 1995 to 1998, CREWs Sloan served as minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee under Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.). Before that, Sloan served as the nominations counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee under Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.).
According to GOP research, Mark Penn, who had been a pollster for President Clinton, and Daniel Berger, a major Democratic donor, are on CREWs board. Spokeswoman Naomi Seligman declined several requests to reveal the membership of CREWs board, although she confirmed that Penn and Berger are members. Last year, Berger made a $100,000 contribution to America Coming Together (ACT), a 527 group that was dedicated to defeating Bush in the presidential election, according to politicalmoneyline.com, a website that tracks fundraising.
CREW declined to respond to the RNC talking points or House GOP research.
C.R.E.W. is one of four public interest organizations which the RNC has long identifed as major recipients of George Soros richly-funded Open Society Institute. It is backing the risible Wilson/Plame civil suit against Cheney and others.
Instant Messages are NOT emails
Your post feeds into the ignorance promoted by the media.
The EMAILS were known but they had nothing sexual.
The instant messages came out and within 48hours foley was gone.
Hassert has said they know of the nonsexual house emails. The house email system keeps a record of all emails.
IM's are OUTSIDE the house system. It also matters if they are on computer or phone.
Rehab, the modern Pol's version of protective coloration...
*Read him the moral riot act. While it may have been, techinically "legal" vis a vis age of consent, what Foley did was immoral and, accrd to many lawyers, prosecutable
Foley prolly knows more will be coming out which might be one reason he run oft for alcohol treatment..
Gin made me Sin
Dunno. That blogger is pretty reasonable
"But wait! There's more!"
I'm totally convinced that this is the final nail in the GOPs coffin for November.
If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...
A Republican staff member warned congressional pages five years ago to watch out for Congressman Mark Foley, according to a former page.
Matthew Loraditch, a page in the 2001-2002 class, told ABC News he and other pages were warned about Foley by a supervisor in the House Clerk's office.
Loraditch, the president of the Page Alumni Association, said the pages were told "don't get too wrapped up in him being too nice to you and all that kind of stuff."
Captain's Quarters is a very good blog. I just think this time he is wrong, and mixed up the emails and IMs.
I know there are a lot of rumors etc but I would be shocked if Folwy wasn't involved in a lot more than emails and IM's and I would be shocked if Hastert was ignorant of what was going on
Add that to the fact the republicans never told the democrats on the Page Board raises a real question in my mind.
Look, I am a Christian Conservative and I know this will likely cause the GOP to lose control of the House but I would like SOMEONE in power to be honest . Just once
Saturday, September 30, 2006
House "Leadership" [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of some "contact" between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), and that Hastert assured him "we're taking care of it."
UPDATE: I was reading a last-night version of that piece. It now says:
"House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of inappropriate "contact" between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he then told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.). Boehner later contacted The Post and said he could not remember whether he talked to Hastert."
*Come on...something stinks bigtime
People with aberrant sexual behavior leave nothing but misery in their wake. It's foolish to turn a blind eye to them.
Those offended by the hypocrisy of the whole thing are wasting their breath. The Democrats absolutely can sink a Republican for something their own people are blatantly guilty of themselves and they have in the past - Bob Packwood, for example, Henry Hyde, Newt Gingrich, the list is a long and depressing one. Here the significant thing is the ability to keep the scandal on the front pages, not what the scandal consists of. It is here that the media make one of their biggest contributions to Democratic partisanism, all the while pretending piously that it's just the news.
I don't know. It sounds like Scooter Libby stuff - who remembers what, and how do those memories change as one thinks about things a little longer.
Please don't ask ME about MY conversations from back in February. I just ate lunch. Just what DID I eat?? ;-)
Seriously, folks may be covering up, or folks may just be fuzzy about what got said and when.
Sometimes I have to reconstruct conversations that my staff have had with clients that are only weeks ago, or maybe a couple of months ago. It isn't a very straightforward process.
The bottom line is that Speaker Hastert may not have thought anything illegal had occurred. It appears that the age of consent in DC is 16 years old. If the activities were confined to Washington, DC, I'm not sure that anything illegal happened.
Other than giving Mr. Foley a warning not to mess with the help, and having the House page committee look into it, Mr. Hastert may not have thought there was much else he could do.
Maybe the WaPo misreported what Boehner said.
Interestingly, it appears that it violates no law for an adult to engage in actual physical sexual acts with a 16 year old in Washington, DC, however, federal law prohibits talking about these things with someone under the age of 18 over the Internet.
So, if Mr. Foley had just taken these young men to the local hotel, he'd be in the clear, legally. However, talking about stuff over the Internet with them appears to be a felony.
That's kinda bizarre.
No way :). WaPo could err?
No way :). WaPo could err?
I think the relevant quote for this whole affair might be:
"Its a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for Lola"
Hey, speaking of music...set your TIVO, baby. The Killer is on Imus tomorrow morning
There is definitely something wrong with me. Two of my all time favorites are The Killer and Lord Al Davis.
When the Killer dies, who will play the piano like he did? NOBODY
Who could sing Rock'n'Roll and Country as well as the Killer? NOBODY?
Has there ever been the owner of a Sports Franchise as brilliant and insane as Lord Al Davis? NO
Has any Sports Franchise ever had an owner, like The Raiders', Lord Al, comprised of equal parts genius and rage? NO.
You know, music and sports are preferable to politics :)
Yes it does. Democrats are degenerate morons.
You can't find any of them on google which is so biased we really need to start boycotting them.
Isn't it pathetic! I just had a glass of white wine, and have miraculously managed to restrain myself from Internet perversion...other than posting here! (LOL!)
Thank you, longtermmemory.