Mark Foley, Republican member of the House of Representatives from the 16th District of Florida, resigned officially on September 29, 2006, after sexually suggestive emails were discovered from him to a 16-year old male page, and to other pages, for years.
Mr. Foley was a familiar face on the national scene. He had a strange kind of hitch in his speaking, something akin to a tic or a half stutter, but he always seemed to be an effective congressman, and deeply involved in the nation’s business. Which is why I am sad to see him go, and troubled that he did what he did.
This kind of thing makes us all revert to our stereotypes of congressman and politicians. We distrust them, and question their motives. Too many of them are crooked. Obviously, this hurts all politicians, but also directly the Republicans. Prominent Christians and prominent Republicans, like Jimmy Swaggert and Tom Delay, have let us down. Since, in my opinion, Christians and Republicans are often, but not always, on the correct side in political matters, it is disheartening that individuals like Mark Foley hurt the reputation of the party to an extent that might endanger Republican control of congress.
Now the Republicans will choose an alternate in that formerly “safe” seat in the House, and chances are better that the Democrats will win that seat. The tide of fortune often turns on such events. We’ll see.
In the meantime, I say to all you politicians, clean up your act. Do the peoples’ business and stay on the moral high ground. It matters.
(*Wikipedia is always my source unless indicated.)
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