Congressman Foley states he was molested by clergy

There should be no excuses.  I am deeply sorry that Congressman Foley has had a difficult childhood.  I hope that any issues that he has he gets worked out between him and his counselor and or his psychiatrist.  Mr. Foley’s attorney read a statement.  Mr. Foley denies ever having sex with any young boys.  Congressman Foley admits to being gay.  He also states that he had a troubled childhood and was molested by clergy.

We’ve heard multiple excuses from the party who was voted in office to clean up Washington over 12 years ago.  We’ve seen a parade of Republicans resign positions of leadership and resign from office secondary to poor judgment, sexual scandal and other malfeasance.  I completely and totally understand that everyone is human.  But, if you are elected because you are morally superior and you turn out to be no different or possibly morally worse than I have issues.

The fallout from this Congressman Foley scandal may be huge.  The Republican leadership must find a way in the next 24 to 48 hours to bail the water out of the sinking ship.  All of the major media outlets are all over this scandal.  If Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is able to weather the storm the Republicans will come out stronger than before.  If on the other hand more revelations pop up, Speaker of the House is not able to explain why he did nothing for months if not possibly years since learning about Congressman Foley the Republican leadership in the Republican Party will take a huge hit.  Multiple resignations would be expected to follow.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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