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Former Florida Rep. Mark Foley Has a New Radio Show

Mark Foley is set to reveal what's inside his mind to those who will listen in South Florida, on a new radio show. Via PR web:

Foley "Former Congressman and member of the Ways and Means committee, overseeing healthcare, will tape his first Talk Radio show on WSVU 960am, Tuesday September 8th, 2009. Congressman Foley will give a real Washington D.C. insiders view into the healthcare issue as well as the inner workings of how public policy is made in Washington D.C.. WSVU's general manager Chet Tart says, 'During these incredibly changing times, it's important that we hear the voice of a true Washington D.C. insider.' Beginning September 22nd at 6pm, "Inside the Mind of Mark Foley" will premiere on 960am in North Palm Beach, Florida. You can listen worldwide by going to WSVU 960am is an Adult Standards music station catering to an older audience that is concerned with the current healthcare issue. 960am plays your favorites from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Barry Manilow and Barbara Streisand.

Mark Foley Breaks Silence, Won't Accept Full Blame in Page Scandal

MArk Foley tells the AP he's "trying to find his way back" in the wake of the underage page scandal that forced his resignation from Congress in September 2006:

Foley"Foley insists he did nothing illegal and never had sexual contact with teens, just inappropriate Internet conversations. Investigations by the FBI and Florida authorities ended without criminal charges. And while he concedes his behavior was 'extraordinarily stupid,' he remains somewhat unwilling to accept full public scorn. These were 17-year-olds, just months from being men, he insists. 'There was never anywhere in those conversations where someone said, 'Stop,' or 'I'm not enjoying this,' or 'This is inappropriate' ... but again, I'm the adult here, I'm the congressman,' Foley said. 'The fact is I allowed it to happen. That's where my responsibility lies.'"

Just months from being men.

Foley denies there is any hypocrisy involved, even though he was co-chair of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus which helped to create a law protecting children on the internet.

Says Foley: "The work I was doing was involving young children ... You know, you hear the term 'pedophile.' That is prepubescent. At the end of the day, they were instant messages that were extraordinarily inappropriate."

Adds Foley: "In public life, you dream of the day they'll name a hospital after you, or a bridge or a post office," Foley said, twisting a gold band on his ring finger identical to one his high-society dermatologist boyfriend wears. If I had a post office named after me today, they'd probably return to sender. It's not a pleasant place to be. It's not what I envisioned ... working this hard all my life to end up in an ash heap because of a momentary lapse of judgment."

Foley blames the "demons" inside him for doing what he did - those demons being sexual abuse by a priest, drinking, drugs, and cigarettes. He's been through a treatment program and now says he'll take it "a day at a time."

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AP Interview: Foley breaks silence on sex scandal [ap]

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Officials: Former Florida Rep. Mark Foley Won't Face Charges

Mfoley_1Bet you almost forgot about him. An investigation has been ongoing since Foley stepped down over his inappropriate online communications with underage pages, and two federal law enforcement officials told the AP they were expecting no charges:

"The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, said the results of a state investigation would be announced Friday. They said neither state nor federal charges were expected, although an FBI investigation has not been closed yet."

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Pelosi to Foley Investigators: No Access to House Computers

Last week I posted that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had put in a request with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to try to gain access to House computers in their criminal investigation of former Florida Rep. Mark Foley and his communications with underage pages.

Mfoley_1That request has been denied.

Yesterday, the Palm Beach Post published an opinion piece arguing that investigator's should have access to the machines:

"Unfortunately, members of Congress have tried to use the 'speech or debate' clause to avoid searches for incriminating material. A federal appeals court ruling this summer, associated with the Jefferson case, extended congressional rights so far that the Justice Department correctly has appealed it. Prosecutors fear that the ruling might prevent them from speaking with congressional aides, a practice vital to probes into the dealings of imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The effect on Foley's case isn't clear, since the FDLE is not a federal agency. Still, the state now should go to court, because there remains a workable solution. Rep. Pelosi should allow the FDLE access. Foley should be allowed to declare which files he thinks are protected. If a judge agrees, those files would be withheld. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, has the correct perspective: 'I don't think any of us are above the law,' he said. 'If there was a law that was broken, they should turn it over.' A lawmaker's legislative materials should be off-limits. But we already know that Foley sent all those lewd messages to former pages. In a milder exchange, he said of a teenager's shorts, 'Love to slip them off of you.' That remark has nothing to do with lawmaking. The public deserves to know whether it had to do with law-breaking."

Florida Authorities Still After Mark Foley's Computers

I thought this case was pretty much over last August, when it was reported that The Florida Department of Law Enforcement wanted to wrap up their investigation of Former Rep. Mark Foley, and his communications with underage pages.

Mfoley_1At that time, FDLE spokesperson Heather Smith told the AP: "We have requested to review federally owned computers that Mr. Foley used during his time as a representative, but the U.S. House of Representatives ... cited case law restrictions that prohibited them from releasing those computers."

It appears that the FDLE is still pursuing the case. The Blotter reports that as recently as last month the FDLE sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting access. Wrote Commissioner Gerald Bailey to the Speaker: "We are respectfully requesting access to any and all computer equipment that the U.S. Government possesses that former Representative Foley utilized during his time in office."

According to Pelosi's spokesperson, her office is preparing a response., wants to cooperate, and is consulting House lawyers.

Mark Foley Investigation Stymied by Lack of Access to Computers [tr]

Novak: GOP Knew of Larry Craig "Weird Conduct", Ignored It

On Bloomberg TV Saturday, right-wing pundit Robert Novak said that Senate Republicans knew about Larry Craig and his trips to the men's room for some time, but never took any action:

"I have talked to several of my sources in the Senate, and this came as a surprise to me…They knew about it. They knew that he had this problem, and it was in the closet. And it was not just a homosexual relationship. It was this weird conduct. They didn’t do anything about it. So Republicans, again, as in the case of Congressman Foley, their cover-up is coming back to haunt them."

Odds are there are more Craigs and Foleys out there. It's only a matter of time.

(via Think Progress)

SNL's "Weekend Update" also took on the Larry Craig debacle over the weekend. Enjoy.


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