ABC News revealed last week that ex-Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., sent lewd e-mails to underage male congressional assistants. Since the story broke, Foley quit his office the House, entered a rehab program, admitted he is gay and claims he was sexually abused by a clergyman as a teenager. That's a hell of a week.
Yesterday, The Washington Post obtained dozens of America Online instant messages from December 2002 to October 2003. Many included sexual references, like this one:
Foley to Page: "I wish i would have jumped you after dinner in san diego, but I was good."
According to the Washington Post article, in one particular instance, "Foley and the teenager engaged in graphic Internet sex, with the boy apparently masturbating as time was running out on a vote the lawmaker had to cast on the House floor."
Today, ABC News revealed that three more pages, classes of 1998, 2000 and 2002, now accuse Foley of online sexual approaches -- creating a greater timeline of pedophiliac behavior by the disgraced congressman.
What has ended Foley's political career (at the very least) should ignite the Democrat's mission to win some House seats and exploit corruption in the GOP. Certainly, the source of the ABC story timed exposing Foley to maximize political impact.
Foley's name remains on the ballot in Florida's 16th Congressional District, which means Democrats now only need 13 seats to capture the House. As George Will, says in his editorial, "If, after the Foley episode -- a maraschino cherry atop the Democrats' delectable sundae of Republican miseries -- the Democrats cannot gain 13 seats, they should go into another line of work."