Politics “You could always stay at my place. I’m always here, I’m always lonely, and I’m always up for oral sex.”
posted by October 23 at 12:31 PMon
So said Mark Foley in response to a former congressional page’s e-mail asking about D.C. hotels.
And it wasn’t just former pages:
At times, Foley seemed to speak suggestively to boys before they left the program. A female former page remembers becoming uneasy one day in 2000 as she watched him talk “a little too much” on the House floor to a boy she knew. Right afterward, she asked what Foley had said. The boy, she recalled, told her Foley had admired the page’s “very big hands” and boasted about his “glorious” home in Florida. The boy added: “Eighteen. Eighteen’s that magic number.” The girl was appalled at what seemed to her to be a come-on that the boy did not fully understand.
After their graduation a few months later, she said, another male page told her that he and Foley were exchanging e-mails and that the congressman had asked him to mail a picture of himself to Foley’s Washington house.
The Republican page from 2002, who exchanged instant messages with Foley for two months, said the first one arrived just before the start of his senior year of high school. He found the message when he logged on to his family’s computer after dinner one night. At first, he assumed it was a prank by another page pretending to be the congressman. “It was a friendly conversation that got strange,” said the young man, now 21. In one, Foley asked whether his roommates had worn “no boxers or briefs to bed.”
Party of values, indeed.