Washington’s latest sex scandal:The folly of Foley…
Well – since its near election time this thing will be milked for all it’s worth. As I said on another blog in comment- It is the classic Washington scandal dead girl or live boy – the age old nightmare of most of DC. Albeit modernized for the internet age – with instant messaging.
ABCs the blotter:
Foley? Predator? perhaps not in the minds of some – Was he a pervert in Congress? Yes.
But he is a ‘Public office holder” who violated the public trust. That a congressman on the floor of the house on taxpayers time was IM voyeurism – is at least one very valid issue.
If he had not been a member – say some clerk or aide doing that on government wifi system? Or taxpayer paid for web enabled phone? -But what does the law state :
Heck if he was not a Congressman… he’d be in jail now – his home PC stripped his hard drives and internet records scanned and searched – all his government emails checked- his office IM and ISP records checked – In 48 hours his name would be on every ban list out there charged as a predator. But he is Congressman so he gets rehab…. That’s the US Congress and Washington DC – justice for all the rest – but not for those considered the among best.
The issue is his position and his colleagues alleged protection of him. The Washington Timses came out with a hard hitting eidtorial calling for the speaker of the house to resign. I doubt it will happen. But – afterall – to many in the house and senate in Washington; and in the aftermath of a president indicted and impeached for blow job who lied about and then survived his impeachment… Fooleys antics were foolish folly.
flirtations… but still as I was taught in law school – Dura lex Sed Rex- it is hard but it is the law. And he knoew the law. Communicating on that topic with a minor? Soliciting sexual acts? In and of itself is a crime – on legislation he himself voted on and helped pass into law. But – perhaps it is a law for everyone else and not a member of the house.
Also the bottom line: Engaging in a sexual conversation or attempting to solicit sex from anyone under 18 online is covered here in Federal Law:
(v) use of a minor in a sexual performance;
Is a violation of federal law, using the internet to cross state lines to solicit sex from a minor is crime. As a law maker- he should have known better – he broke the law.
That is the issue. Even if the minor consents – it is against the law – a law he helped write! In the sum of all things; he is a hypocrite at the least – a perverted power tripping congressman at the worst who felt the law he voted on, helped write in committee and was paid by tax dollars to work on – I believe in his mind perhaps did not apply to him.
That’s just my opinion…. The law violation not partisan politics what should be the issue.