Hoist By Their Own Pedophile

5 comments October 12th, 2006at 10:51pm Posted by Eli

Oh my:

Yesterday, a source close to Foley explained to THE NEW REPUBLIC that in early 2006 the congressman had all but decided to retire from the House and set up shop on K Street. “Mark’s a friend of mine,” says this source. “He told me, ‘I’m thinking about getting out of it and becoming a lobbyist.'”

But when Foley’s friend saw the Congressman again this spring, something had changed. To the source’s surprise, Foley told him he would indeed be standing for re-election. What happened? Karl Rove intervened.

According to the source, Foley said he was being pressured by “the White House and Rove gang,” who insisted that Foley run. If he didn’t, Foley was told, it might impact his lobbying career.

“He said, ‘The White House made it very clear I have to run,'” explains Foley’s friend, adding that Foley told him that the White House promised that if Foley served for two more years it would “enhance his success” as a lobbyist. “I said, ‘I thought you wanted out of this?’ And he said, ‘I do, but they’re scared of losing the House and the thought of two years of Congressional hearings, so I have two more years of duty.'”

The White House declined a request for comment on the matter, but obviously the plan hasn’t worked out quite as Rove hoped it would.

Heh. Indeed.

To me the most fascinating and damning facet of this story is the fact that Rove was so afraid of congressional investigations that he would pressure a sexual predator to run for re-election – in a safe district, no less. I think it’s pretty safe to say that serious investigations might… uncover a few things.

Of course, it backfired epically, so instead of a small risk of losing one seat, the Republicans now have a rather large risk of losing 20 or 30 seats, and Rove’s worst fear may soon become a reality.


(hat tip to the hullabalicious Digby)

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Foley,Politics,Republicans,Rove,Wankers


  • 1. Matt  |  October 13th, 2006 at 2:31 am

    great post, and an even greater title.

    oh, if all goes right (well, left, really) in November, it’s going to be fun.

  • 2. Ripley  |  October 13th, 2006 at 8:22 am

    Hey, Karl… surprise!!!

    Remember that bit Bush used to spout about surrounding himself with smart people? Comedy gold…

  • 3. Eli  |  October 13th, 2006 at 10:37 am

    Here’s hoping that the Democrats don’t make the brilliant tactical decision to not “rock the boat”, ‘cuz it might alienate Middle America, don’tcha know.

    Of course it’s a foregone conclusion that any kind of investigation will be decried as a “partisan with hunt”.

  • 4. charley  |  October 13th, 2006 at 12:51 pm



    i’m only encouraged, not ecstatic or at all certain. but i really hope we have a partisan witch hunt.

    why just think of all the things we’ll find…

    crazy evil things…

  • 5. oldwhitelady  |  October 14th, 2006 at 12:36 am

    Good to know!

    I had the misfortune to have the radio on when they played some of that stupido Limbaugh. He’s claiming the Democrats knew all about Foley, but kept it under wraps until now, to help with the November voting. He’s such an ass!

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