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Harris: probe media and dems over Foley

In an interview with an NBC affiliate in Orlando, U.S. Rep. and Senate candidate Katherine Harris said this about the alleged lewd internet messages that fellow Congressman Mark Foley sent to former teen pages:

"The media would be quite disingenuous to try to make it a partisan issue. If anything, the Republicans didn’t know about these issues. And we are going to be very interested to find out who in the media or on the other side of the aisle knew about this and kept this from the public interest because our children were at stake."

Indeed, emails were provided in late 2005 to the congressional leadership, the Miami Herald and other newspapers that the Republican leaders deemed "overly friendly" advances to a teen. The papers and congressional leaders lacked the instant messages obtained recently by ABC. Still, congressional leaders ordered Foley to stay away from the boy. More here.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent this out about Harris:

The scandal surrounding Mark Foley's sexually explicit emails have forced many in the House of Representatives to begin donating money their campaigns received from Foley to charity - but apparently not Katherine Harris.  The Republican Congresswoman is holding on to $2,000 in campaign contributions she got from the disgraced Congressman.   

"When it comes to Florida values, Katherine Harris talks the talk more than she walks the walk," DSCC spokesman Phil Singer said. "It is more than a little disturbing that Harris apparently sees nothing wrong with holding on to contributions she got from an adult who has been caught sending sexually explicit email to children.

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Jeb

Well I'll be damned! The Miami Herald is right in the middle of the Foley cover-up just like the House Republican leadership. You all had access to Foley's e-mails last year just like Hastert.

Folks here's how Tom Feidler excuses the paper, "Our decision at the time was ... that because the language was not sexually explicit and was subject to interpretation, from innocuous to 'sick,' as the page characterized it, to be cautious," said Tom Fiedler, executive editor of the Herald. "Given the potentially devastating impact that a false suggestion of pedophilia could have on anyone, not to mention a congressman known to be gay, and lacking any corroborating information, we chose not to do a story."

Echoes of Hastert's excuses and just like the House enablers of Foley, The Herald chose to be so "cautious" (translation: concern over loss of Republican control of the House) with the story that Foley went on for another year trolling for young boys. Denny and Tommy have got to go!

P.S. When did Foley ever admit to being gay Mr. Fiedler?

Pedro A. Romanach

Why am I not too surprised that Katherine Harris would keep the money? Her campaign continues to be a joke.

parrot

Again, I have to ask, why isn't the Republican leadership in the US House of Representatives asking itself and telling the rest of us what it might have done differently to catch one of their own preying on kids?

Where is the soul searching, and the trying to actually investigate how to do this better next time? Is their only solution to vilify others that they politically disagree with through rhetorical trickings?

I think the media has some blame here. But, that blame is in not asking the People's House Leadership tough questions in public to get to the bottom of how endemic the kind of amoral logic we've been hearing from that so-called Leadership has been in the face of all the scandals and criminality they, the Leadership of the US Congress, have obviously swept under the rug to perpetuate that Leadership's bald power.

Is it a Leadership from some sort of moral highground? Or, is it more likely what is obvious to any honest person, the use of the GOP party machine to limit bad news to a minimum when it comes to corrupt and criminal behaviours through power and intimidation?

Witness Jefferson

It's about time that homosexuals are revealed to be "sexual predators". This is the statistical reality that can be discovered by examining the AIDS issue at the Center For Disease Control (CDC)site and statistics. Male children who are sexually abused by homosexuals grow up unable to psychologically deal with their natural sexuality and tend to blame themselves for their experienced abuse by sexual deviates and perverts. It's high time to stop the conditioning of American's minds to ignorantly accept homosexuality as "normal". Homosexuality is abnormal and perverse.

Caro

Let me get this straight - she thinks the Democrats and the media are responsible for the actions of Republican Congressmen?

Lance

Ok, so all the evil Dems were aware of this, but the House Leadership was blissfully ignorant? Got it.

JoeBlow

parrot -- your view of what IS natural, and what IS a flaw... is flawed. if taken literally what you say, then if you forced a group of 20 children into sexual acts at a young age, you would have a mob of pure gaylings. if only by tampering slightly with the structure of fledling sexuality (as it's defined differently for every culture) you're able to create impure perverts, then you must seriously question nearly every civilizatons sexual practice. sorry, but what you've just concluded is your own view. and you know what, I'm here to tell you it's quite abnormal and deviate in the light of history.

ecsd

These "investigate the democrats please" statements are coming from someone who helped steal a national election. While her party is in power, perhaps she thinks she is immune; but she has to answer for the rape of a whole nation, as opposed to the solicitation of teenaged boys. She should worry.

jones

Witness Jefferson claims homosexuals are sexual predators. As proof? Examining AIDS stats at CDC? There is no relationship between homosexuality and AIDS. WJ says: Male children abused by homosexuals ... yeah. How about males abused by heterosexuals, and how about abused females? The FACT is that more children are abused by heterosexuals than homosexuals EVEN IF you factor out the difference in population size. You can prove that 1 = 0 if you choose word by word what to pay attention to in research. The FACT is that homosexuality is NORMAL because it has a genetic basis; and its prevalence is about the same as for handedness. Are left-handed people "perverts"? I say that discriminating against homosexuals despite having access to the facts is hateful and speaks more about the discriminator than the discriminated-against.

FS

IS IT TRUE THAT FOLEY'S SISTER IS WORKING ON HARRIS' SENATE CAMPAIGN? MIGHT EXPLAIN HARRIS' BLAME IT ON THE LIBERAL MEDIA APPROACH ... OF COURSE IT THE MEDIA BROKE THE STORY MONTHS AGO THE REPUBLICANS WOULD SAY...THERE GO THE LIBERAL MEDIA. I AM AMAZED BY THE NUMBER OF CHRISTIAN\REPUBLICAN PREACHERS WHO ARE ALSO BLAMING ...(PICK ONE) 1 - A CABAL OF GAY HOUSE STAFFERS; 2- THE MEDIA; 3- THE DEMOCRATS; 4- FRIENDS OF TERRORISTS; OR THE 5- THE CLINTONS\THE KENNEDYS. SO SAD

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