Does anyone really care that Former Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) was molested as a teen? At news conference held yesterday, Mr. Foley's Attorney David Roth said that Foley was molested between ages 13 and 15 by a clergyman. He declined to identify the clergyman or the church, but Foley is Roman Catholic. Mr. Roth also stated:
"Mark does not blame the trauma he sustained as a young adolescent for his totally inappropriate [e-mails and instant messages]. He continues to offer no excuse whatsoever for his conduct."
So why even bring it up? What does that have to do with the current investigation surrounding Mr. Foley's inappropriate IM chats with underage pages?
Ironically, Foley as the chariman of the
Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, introduced legislation in July to protect children from exploitation
by adults over the internet – the very thing he is being accused
of doing. Foley has also tried to blame his actions on alcoholism and
the stress of being a closet gay. What's next, an insanity defense?
Written By Maria Schweitzer