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Mark Foley

I’m glad he’s resigned. I hope any of the rest of these loitering types does so, too, but based upon human history (ours, worldwide), these personality types never seem to go away as much as they just become more hidden.

This is disgusting stuff quoted in this article:

Even more disgusting is the Democrats’ use of this perverted fellow’s behavior to plan for a political picnic, with the likes of Barney Frank still in office (and others of similar low character in high regard among many Liberals):

Talk about Foley’s behavior had circulated in political and legislative circles for months, including a House panel that quietly looked into the e-mails, but it was once they surfaced that Foley stepped down.

Others caught in unsavory behavior have had mixed success trying to hang on.

Bill Clinton used contrition, counterattack and an artful definition of what constitutes sex in his ultimately successful defense against impeachment brought on by his relationship with an intern of legal age.

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., toughed it out after the House reprimanded him in 1989 for using his influence on behalf of prostitute Stephen L. Gobie. Frank admitted paying Gobie for sex, hiring him with his own money as an aide and writing a letter on congressional stationery on his behalf.

A repentant Frank faced constituents at a meeting until they ran out of questions, acknowledging, “I did not handle the pressures of having a public life, of being a closeted gay man, nearly as well as I should have.” He won their acceptance – and re-election ever since.

Foley’s resignation follows an admission by Republican Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio that he improperly accepted trips, meals, sports tickets and casino chips while trying to win favors for disgraced Washington influence-peddler Jack Abramoff and a foreign aviation company.

The six-term lawmaker went to a rehabilitation center for alcohol abuse, a problem he disclosed when he agreed to plead guilty in the case, which grew from investigations into Abramoff’s cozy dealings with scores of Republican lawmakers and some Democrats.

On the other side of the aisle, Democratic Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson has been at the center of a federal bribery investigation that so far has cost him his seat on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Foley’s troubles were of a far different nature than corrupt lobbying but part of a vivid history of sexual scandal in a capital where reality can be more bizarre than rumor. Bob Livingston, Gary Hart, Bob Packwood and Gary Condit represent just a sampling of the fallen.

In 1983, the House adopted a more severe measure than Frank’s reprimand when it censured Reps. Gerry Studds of Massachusetts and Daniel B. Crane of Illinois for having sexual relations with pages.

Studds, a liberal Democrat who acknowledged having sex with a 17-year-old male page in 1973 and making sexual advances to two others, admitted an error in judgment but did not apologize. The first openly gay member of Congress went on to win re-election until his retirement in the mid-1990s.

Crane admitted having sex several times with a 17-year-old female page in 1980. He apologized to the House in a quavering voice “for the shame I have brought down on this institution.” The conservative Republican was defeated a year later.

Rep. Donald “Buzz” Lukens, R-Ohio, was allowed to resign in 1990 rather than face expulsion on two sex-related cases: a conviction for having sex with an underage girl and a later allegation of fondling a female elevator operator in the Capitol.

There is just no excuse here. Sympathy for the devil, bah. Not from me.

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