Friday, October 06, 2006

Now FoleyGate?

Okay, so I have to talk about it again because the plot keeps thickening...

I am sure by now all of you have seen the Drudge news about Foley (looks like Drudge did some digging of his own after Wild Bill outed the page):

**World Exclusive**
**Must Credit the DRUDGE REPORT**

According to two people close to former congressional page Jordan Edmund, the now famous lurid AOL Instant Message exchanges that led to the resignation of Mark Foley were part of an online prank that by mistake got into the hands of enemy political operatives, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

According to one Oklahoma source who knows the former page very well, Edmund, a conservative Republican, goaded an unwitting Foley to type embarrassing comments that were then shared with a small group of young Hill politicos. The prank went awry when the saved IM sessions got into the hands of political operatives favorable to Democrats.

The primary source, an ally of Edmund, adamantly proclaims that the former page is not a homosexual. The prank scenario was confirmed by a second associate of Edmund. Both are fearful that their political careers will be affected if they are publicly brought into the investigation.

The prank scenario only applies to the Edmund IM sessions and does not necessarily apply to any other exchanges between the former congressman and others.

The news come on the heels that Edmund has hired former Timothy McVeigh attorney, Stephen Jones.

Developing..." (source)

Is this the making of another Left'o'sphere FITZMAS?

ABC (the ones that originally broke the story) have gone into full spin mode (reminiscent of 60 Minutes in the throws of Rathergate):

They are claiming three more pages came forward --no names or documentation mind you--and are accusing Foley:

"I was seventeen years old and just returned to [my home state] when Foley began to e-mail me, asking if I had ever seen my page roommates naked and how big their penises were," said the page in the 2002 class." (source)

Okay, this is starting (?) to sound a bit far-fetched...

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is the group that "provided the emails":

"We are progressive," said Naomi Seligman, the group's deputy director and a former spokeswoman for Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana. "We do work within a larger progressive infrastructure."
"She won't specify the organization's donors, but the IRS documents identify some of them. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics received $10,000 from entertainer Barbra Streisand and $50,000 from a charitable organization run by Democratic fund-raiser Smith Bagley." (source)

So, take that as you will.

I hope people realize that this isn't about exonerating Foley if he did something wrong (so far it has only been proved that he's a single, gay man -and as far as I know...there's nothing wrong with that). This is about ANOTHER scandal being thrown into the lap of the Republicans when it seems that it was perpetrated by the Democrats... They know this election can't do in the DNC's column if immigration and National security are the issues.

...Should we all start freaking out that Harold Ford Jr. (running for Congress in TN) calls himself a lawyer and yet, he never passed the bar exam (he took the test only in 1997 and failed)? (source) No, but if it was someone with an (R) after their name the press and the left'o'sphere would be in a tail spin.

Snarky ads are one thing, but this is a disgraceful. --And to all the talking heads: It only makes me more determined to get to the polls...

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