Monday, October 02, 2006

Fallout from the Foley Scandal

Below is a brief letter written by Pete LaBarbera of the Illinois Family Institute. This goes in tandem with what I have said for years..GOP does not necessarily stand for "God's Own Party."

If the Republican leadership of the House covered this up for electoral reasons, then they deserve whatever sanction the voters decide to impose. It's really sad if this happens, too. If they had been forthright about it and booted this guy out at the beginning, they would have been able to establish rather forcefully that such behavior will not be tolerated under a Republican administration. However, this will be impossible now. A GOP loss of the House and Senate will have serious repercussions for the country. If it happens, the GOP brought it on itself. When the dominoes start falling, they keep falling until the bitter end of the line. If the GOP doesn't respond correctly to this situation and respond NOW, all they have worked for since 1994 will be dashed. It might already be too late. I hope and pray not.

As an aside, this is what becomes of a party that compromises for political expediency, especially when it involves pro-family moral values. Liberal Republicans and so-called "moderates" are precisely why a real conservative agenda never gets enacted. And the idea of a "Log Cabin Republican" is simply abhorrent.

Who Protected the Perverted Congressman? What Did Rep. Shimkus Know about Mark Foley?

By Peter LaBarbera
Illinois Family Institute

Washington insiders have known about Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL)’s homosexuality for a long time, but I would suspect that most of his constituents have been in the dark about it. Years ago in D.C., I once tried to discourage a Foley run for U.S. Senate by calling his office and asking: 1) if he is a homosexual; and 2) if his constituents have a right to know about it. A top aide came on the line and told me that the staff does not answer questions about the Congressman’s “sexual orientation.”

The homosexual Republican group 'Log Cabin Republicans' has already purged a photo of Mark Foley from its own online story about its 2003 convention in Washington. Too bad Foley's teenaged victims and their parents won't be able to erase the effects of his twisted behavior from their minds so easily.

I wonder, picking up on my friend Cliff Kincaid’s theme, why did senior GOP leaders protect Foley’s homosexual secret? How many knew about his predatory behavior towards teenaged boys; when did they find out and why didn’t they do anything about it? Were they going to keep protecting the dirty secret as he announced a run for U.S. Senate?

Is “winning” as a Republican now more important than protecting children? Is it more important than letting a representative’s constituents know about his immoral behaviors, which of course influence his votes (Foley was pro-”gay”)? We need answers from House Speaker Denny Hastert and Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois), who chairs the House Page Board.

And isn’t it telling most of the tiny number of homosexual male U.S. Congressmen have been caught in sex scandals–remember Barney Frank, who let his male lover, a hustler, run a prostitution ring out of his D.C. apartment? And Massachusetts Rep. Gerry Studds, who had sex with a 17-year-old boy and then turned his back on fellow House Members during the censure vote against him? And Bob Bauman (R-Md.), who in 1980 was charged with soliciting a 16-year-old boy for sex?

Let’s see: three homosexual Congressmen involved in sexual seductions of minor boys–ages 16, 17, and 17 (Foley). And yet homosexual activists ridicule anyone who suggests there is a predatory or pedophilic component to male homosexuality.

Of course, straight Congressmen, too, have been involved in plenty of scandals in D.C., including with underage girls: but at least when Dan Crane was busted in the same 1983 Congressional Page scandal as Studds, he tearfully apologized and was defeated in his re-election bid. The defiant Studds said the relationship with a boy almost 20 years his junior was “consensual” and nobody's business and he was re-elected five more times!

Thank you and God bless,

Peter LaBarbera, President, Americans For Truth. You can write AFT at


crownring said...

Hmmm, definitely sounds like there's some bias here. One man gets a free pass and another loses his bid for re-election. Of course that might be the difference between red and blue states.......the "blue" being more tolerant of deviant behavior.

As for Foley, no matter the excuses he cooks up, the latest being that he was sexually abused by a clergyman as a doesn't change the fact that he's a grown MAN and therefore Foley knows this country considers his behavior criminal. I don't care what "party" these devs happen to call theirs, I want them out of office!

Lori said...

I disagree with the criticism of Hastert and the Republicans on this one. What were they supposed to do? All Foley was guilty of was being gay. All he did was send some emails, and exchange IM's with a couple of boys. He never touched them.

Imagine what would have happened if they had tried. They would have been accused of homophobia and called every name in the book.

Only liberals are allowed to insult gay people.