If there is a Santa Claus, he just delivered an early Christmas present to Democrats hoping to take control of the House of Representatives. Yesterday, Mark Foley--Republican and considered a "safe" seat--suddenly announced his resignation from Congress. With just over a month to go before the elections, it appears unlikely that the GOP can find a replacement candidate who can defeat Democrat challenger Tim Mahoney.
So why the sudden resignation by Foley? It seems he had sent a number of emails to a 16 year old male page last year. What kind of emails? Well, let's just say they weren't just forwarded jokes.
What makes this even more hilarious is that Foley recently sponsored the sexual-predator provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. He also chaired the House caucus on missing and exploited children.
Curiously, Foley didn't try to defend his sexually explicit emails as "research."
Now many people may consider the former Congressman a hypocrite since most Republicans are vehemently opposed to the idea of same sex marriage. In his defense, however, Foley wasn't seeking to marry the boy.... Just bang him in the ass.