Photo of Foley, Page at GOP Confab; Tells O'Reilly "Predators Are Winning"
From a GOP Congressional page's blog about the 2004 Republican convention:
INCREDIBLE! There are no words to explain the feeling of being on the Floor the final night of the convention. Not very many 17-year-old seniors get a chance to represent their own Congressman at the conventions close. Congressman Mark Foley had to return to DC to accompany FEMA back to the District to help with the relief efforts for hurricane Frances. Mark's sister Donna took the time to call me and tell me to pick up an envelope they left for me at the front desk with a small surprise. I opened the envelope to find Mark's final evening Floor credentials and a note encouraging me to make him proud. What could anyone say except, THANK YOU!
And here are three notable quotes from Foley in the past few years, that given his resignation and ever-growing scandal about his conduct with young male adults online, may be things he wishes he could retract:
ALAN KEYES IS MAKING SENSE
Wednesday, April 17, 2002
FOLEY: Well, I think they make a valid point there, and that's why I've always been an advocate for the First Amendment. But, again, we're dealing with a little bit different standard here. We're not dealing with gunfights, and we're not dealing with skate boarders or things that may be reckless in nature. What we're dealing with is graphic and gratuitous sexual engagement of minors, young people. I think it's wrong whether it's virtually simulated or...
If it were so wrong, why did you engage in such behavior over the years, Mr. Foley?
NEWS CONFERENCE WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN ASHCROFT
TOPIC: SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, D.C.
12:22 P.M. EDT, WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2002
REP. FOLEY: [...] It doesn't make a difference if the child engaged in sex is real or virtual. In other words, an old simple saying: If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it is a duck. The courts obviously didn't have a chance, as Chairman Lamar Smith suggested, to see the kind of virtual reality that is on computer terminals today. It's as close to reality as possible.
Are you a duck, Mr. Foley?
This is a partial transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," May 2, 2006, that has been edited for clarity.
FOLEY: [...] Our kids are precious. Their lives are vulnerable. The predators are winning as we speak because there is no mechanism on the books.
You're a special kind of winner yourself, Mr. Foley.