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.