Thursday, August 30, 2007

Foley again

Might as well do this one since it's that time of year: Republican Sexual Hypocrisy Season.

Former Republican congressman Mark Foley is in the news again. Everyone remembers Mark Foley -- he's the one who was caught last year sending salacious messages to the underage pages that work on the hill. Such an old horndog was Foley that he'd even occasionally step out of congressional meetings to fire off a few erotic e-mails and titillating text messages. The Rolling Foley Roadshow hit Deadman's Curve when one of the little page-guys started talking, then they all started talking, then -- dominoes. Pretty soon Foley was resigning and being investigated and in the midst of an election campaign, Republicans across the land were unloading in their pants.

When we last left Mark Foley he was headed for Rehab, claiming that he was gay, alcoholic, and had been molested by a diddler priest as an altar boy... the Trifecta. The cops carried on investigating him anyway. The "police probe" (ha!) on Foley is now almost over... the only thing keeping it from wrapping up is that they want to look at the computers he used at work in Congress, and Foley says "No":

"WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Florida’s top police agency said Wednesday its investigation into former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley’s lurid Internet communications with teenage boys has been hindered because neither Foley nor the House will let investigators examine his congressional computers." [...] “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,” said Heather Smith, an FDLE spokeswoman."

The decision to release the computers ultimately rests with Foley; if he agreed to it, the House could allow it. For whatever reason (she said, rolling her eyes) he's not agreeing to it. What could possibly be hidden in the depths of those federally-owned hard drives? And even more intriguingly, between his cell phone, blackberry and multiple computers, how did Foley ever get any work done?