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Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Monday, October 02, 2006

Mark Foley turns a page...get it? Page

Just once, I would like for a disgraced congressman or senator who got caught behaving badly, to cop to something besides alcoholism and "behavioral problems" as an excuse.

In the letter faxed by Foley's attorney David Roth, to local media outlets in West Palm Beach, Florida Sunday night, Foley, R-Fla., says, "I strongly believe that I am an alcoholic and have accepted the need for immediate treatment for alcoholism and related behavioral problems," and "I deeply regret and accept full responsibility for the harm I have caused."
The faxed note also says events related to sexually-charged emails to male Capitol Hill pages have "crystalized recognition of my longstanding significant alcohol and emotional difficulties," and he has arranged to receive immediate treatment at an in-patient facility.

This sounds unsympathetic but what does alcoholism and emotional instability have to do with sending dirty messages to underaged, former congressional pages? I guess for a married congressman and father, admitting you're an emotionally unstable lush is more palatable than admitting that you're gay.


David said...

Bob Seger said it first: “Turn the Page”.

Foley is using the standard “Kennedy” defense. It’s got precedent, it works because we are complacent.

Reid said...

How can anyone wearing a light grey suit and a purple tie of questionable hue be trusted. It's too bad about this guy, He seemed to be a good egg - to bad he turned out to be cracked. Now please slink off into the perverbiable morass quietly.

Ed said...

He may go quietly but the Democrats will not let this issue go by quietly...not in an election season when the majority is a sniff away. I just hope the leadership didn't know more than they are saying.

At any rate, I think the democrats will overplay this hand and some of their own will get sucked down with the ship.

I would much rather the issues determine the outcome of the election and not something stupid like dirty e-mails. Of course the democrats want nothing less than an issues-based election since they consistently lose when voters vote based on issues.