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.