Sunday, October 08, 2006

Rep. Kolbe saw Foley messages in 2000. Another lawmaker knew of inappropriate Internet exchanges.

GOI: Yet more evidence of a cover-up.

Hmm, I hear a leaky faucet.

Drip, drip, drip.

By Jonathan Weisman
The Washington Post
Updated: 1 hour, 38 minutes ago

Another Republican congressman knew of disgraced former representative Mark Foley's inappropriate Internet exchanges as far back as 2000 and personally confronted Foley about his communications.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) confirmed yesterday that a former page showed the congressman Internet messages that had made the youth feel uncomfortable with the direction Foley (R-Fla.) was taking their e-mail relationship. Last week, when the Foley matter erupted, a Kolbe staff member suggested to the former page that he take the matter to the clerk of the House, Karen Haas, said Kolbe's press secretary, Korenna Cline.

The revelation pushes back by at least five years the date when a member of Congress has acknowledged learning of Foley's questionable behavior. A timeline issued by House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) suggested that the first lawmakers to know, Rep. John M. Shimkus (R-Ill.), the chairman of the House Page Board, and Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), became aware of "over-friendly" e-mails only last fall. It also expands the universe of players in the drama beyond members, either in leadership or on the page board.

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A hard rain's gonna fall on the Goopers in November.

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james said...

Shaw:

I agree but let's not let up. We need to keep pushing. This election can't even be close because I don't trust the voting machine safety and integrity.