Gay Pride

It seems incredible. How can a man like Mark Foley be elected to leadership positions of the Republican caucus? Especially when you learn that Denny Hastert was warned about his activities with young pages 3 YEARS AGO by Foley's long time aid Kirk Fordham. Even more amazing is the fact that his sexual advances on young male pages was common knowledge among the boys who work on the hill. In today's LA Times I found this quote from a former page.

"Almost the first day I got there I was warned," said Mark Beck-Heyman, a San Diego native who served as a page in the House of Representatives in the summer of 1995. "It was no secret that Foley had a special interest in male pages," said Beck-Heyman, adding that Foley, who is now 52, on several occasions asked him out for ice cream.

So now we know that not only the Republican Leadership, including the Speaker of the House, knew about Foley the Fag, but so did every page working on The Hill. But that's not all... In the same LA Times article I found this gem:

"Among the gay political community, there was a pretty wide understanding that he had an eye for the interns and the younger staff," said one former congressional staffer. The staffers said Foley who was elected to the House in 1994 and is not openly gay would seek out the young men in bars, restaurants and even around the Capitol.

Which leads me to ask the obvious question - what the hell is wrong with the Gay Political Community? Don't they police their own? My guess is that they think it's just fine for a congressman to hit on young pages.

The fact of the matter is that everything these politicians do becomes common knowledge because the objects of their affection talk - they talk to their friends, parents and co-workers. When Bill Clinton ran for President in '92 it was common advise to all young women in DC to NOT get in an elevator alone with him. Why? Because he was known to put a full court press on unsuspecting women when he got them alone in a small space. But he got all the way to the top, in no small measurere because of the help he receiveded from the gay political community.

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