Purged site, Interviews Reveal pages wary of Foley, others in 2004

Congressional pages discussed rumors about former Republican Representative Mark Foley as early as April 2004, new evidence indicates. According to information recently purged from an online community designed for teenagers involved in the House page program, some teenage pages working for Republican Congressmen had heard rumors about former Congressman Foley and others.

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New Foley Ad by Dem Candidate Tim Mahoney

Here's a little about Tim Mahoney, the Democrat running for Mark Foley's seat and a TV ad of Bob Graham endorsing Mahoney for the seat.  

Mahoney is an entrepreneur and rancher from south Florida.  On Monday, the Republicans chose a new candidate to run for this seat instead of Foley, so Mahoney needs our help to make sure he can air these ads and help us add this seat to our majority.

Here's the ad of Bob Graham endorsing Mahoney:

If you would like to donate, go to Mahoney's website at www.timmahoneyforflorida.com

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NY-26 : Outcry grows for Reynolds (R-NY) to resign

Editorial boards around New York State are calling for an independent investigation of how the Republican congressional leadership handled allegations of predatory sexual conduct by former Congressman Mark Foley as papers dig deeper into the scandal.

Local coverage after the jump.

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TV's New Reality Show: Survivor: DC Island

On Survivor: DC Island One Republican gets voted off DC Island each week by the other Republicans.  Secret deals are made.  Members get stabbed in the back by their "friends" (especially when it comes time to select who gets voted off that week).

Remember: Survivor: DC Island is not on ABC, so we can watch it. It's on American TV, full surround; anyone can participate in deciding who goes each week.

Teams of candidates' friends and enemies seek to obtain and post critical information that will save or hurt their member.

Emotions and devious tactics are allowed under the rules. Outrage, anger, denial, blame, logic, change the subject, cover-up, passion, greater good - it's a war inside the game (and let's hope only inside the game).

In the next 35 days, when America has an election, 5 additional Republicans will be voted off. Don't miss any of the drama and action, unfolding minute-by-minute on the online pages devoted to Survivor: DC Island.

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Drudge, Rush, WSJ: Foley crime is Dems fault!

Many of the leading voices of the right-wing are throwing out their common sense in their attempt to deflect blame away from their leaders over their loathesome dereliction of duty in protecting American high-schoolers from the sexual predator Mark Foley (R-Fla).

Digby has captured a couple of clear examples of standard plays from the Republican playbook intended to shift blame. First up is Drudge:

Clip #1: And if anything, these kids are less innocent -- these 16 and 17 year-old beasts...and I've seen what they're doing on YouTube and I've seen what they're doing all over the internet -- oh yeah -- you just have to tune into any part of their pop culture. You're not going to tell me these are innocent babies. Have you read the transcripts that ABC posted going into the weekend of these instant messages, back and forth? The kids are egging the Congressman on! The kids are trying to get this out of him. We haven't got the whole story on this.

Clip #2: You could say "well Drudge, it's abuse of power, a congressman abusing these impressionable, young 17 year-old beasts, talking about their sex lives with a grown man, on the internet." Because you have to remember, those of us who have seen some of the transcripts of these nasty instant messages. This was two ways, ladies and gentlemen. These kids were playing Foley for everything he was worth. Oh yeah. Oh, I haven't...they were talking about how many times they'd masturbated, how many times they'd done it with their girlfriends this weekend...all these things and these "innocent children." And this "poor" congressman sitting there typing, "oh am I going to get any," you know?

To paraphrase Drudge, the kids propositioned by Foley are "beasts" and "their pop culture" is responsible. They led Foley on, they wanted it, and they brought it on themselves. No word on whether Drudge also thinks sexy clothing had anything to do with the fact that Foley couldn't tell a tenth-grader from an 18 year-old.

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