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Folley flap??
By Mark Neckameyer


October 08, 2006

I just don't understand the Mark Folley flap?? Is a Double Standard at work here?

Let's see if I get this straight; Republican Representative Mark Folley of Florida turns out to be a homosexual with designs on young but legal House of Representatives pages and somehow this makes the Democrats more likely to win control of Congress? No actual sex was involved, just musings of an alcoholic, homosexual on the job harasser,. If 16 is the age of consent in Washington DC and House Pages by law must be 16 or older, I don't see the problem. Folley is a sleaze but the Democrats have their share of favorite sleazes from Teddy "Drown baby drown" Kennedy to cigar twirling Bill Clinton to Gay house of prostitution sponsoring Congressman Barney Frank. A terrific example of the Double Standard at work here is the case of Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Gerry Studds.

In 1983, Studds admitted to having sexual relations with a 17-year-old male page. Studds was not just communicating with the boy, but involved in a sexual affair. The way Studds handled his own scandal -- and the consequences he faced afterward -- were very different from what Foley has already faced. Both men were involved in disgustingly serious acts, yet both did not suffer the same fate. Studds, who is openly gay, told his constituents that the relationship was consensual and charged that the investigation by the House Ethics Committee raised fundamental questions of privacy. In spite of the news coverage of his homosexual affair with a teenager, he won re-election the following year and served in the House until his retirement in 1996.. Folley resigned in disgrace while none of the Democrats incolved in similar activities offered to do so.

Are Democrats allowed to be gay House page harassers but not Republicans? House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is one of the toughest critics of Folley yet her San Francisco constituents are the most Gay people in the world and they most certainly believe that people over the age of consent are "fair game". Does Ms Pelosi want to outlaw all homosexual activity or allow it only for Democrats where it is certainly more popular based on that party's support of Gay marriage and other Gay causes.

I just don't understand!!

Mark Neckameyer
Irvine, CA

Received October 08, 2006 - Published October 08, 2006

About: "I am a semi retired accountant living in California. I love Alaska for the fishing and outdoor lifestyle and am about a year away from full retirement; plannng to spend as much summer as possible in Alaska."



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