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Friday, October 06, 2006

Foley Follies

I know I'm not the only one who wonders why former Florida Congressman Mark Foley's attorney felt the need to announce that Foley is gay.

Who cares? It isn't relevant to Foley's behavior.

And for the attorney to toss it out there during damage control press conferences suggests that he thinks people need to consider Foley's sexual orientation before they judge him for his sexually-charged IM exchanges with teenagers.

That logic flies in the face of standard non-partisan doctrine that says all men should (in theory) get equal treatment regardless of race, age, religion, gender, orientation, etc.

If you think it was an important point for Foley's attorney to make, just ask yourself how you'd have reacted if an Asian dude had exchanged creepy messages with minors, gotten caught, quit his job, and then his attorney issued a public statement that said "My client wants you to know that he is a Chinese man."

I know how most of you would respond. You'd go nuts - justifiably so, I think - and ask "Who cares?"

Unless, of course, the attorney was suggesting the man's race/ethnicity had something to do with why he behaved badly.


  • I agree 110%.

    Gay has nothing to do with this; but it's easy to see why the attorney would play the "Gay" card.

    It's because of what happend with Govenor McGreevy (from New Jersey.)

    When Govenor McGreevy announced he was gay, he received accolades & kudos--but he wasn't diddling an underaged intern.

    By Blogger Crashtest Comic, at 8:47 AM  

  • btw james, I haven't booked any shows for NOVEMBER yet. I usually don't book them that far in advance.

    But I'll make sure to book something for when you're in town.

    Maybe you'll want to interview me for the paper.



    By Blogger Crashtest Comic, at 8:49 AM  

  • Bringing out his own sexual orientation is less damaging than if someone else exposed it for him. He should have been open about it long time ago, instead of waiting for an event like this to force him to expose it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:21 PM  

  • I think he was suggesting that a gay man soliciting a 17 year-old boy was similar as a heterosexual man soliciting a 17 year-old girl.

    Now, as a 100% heterosexual man I can tell you that some slightly, slightly just-about-to-turn-legal girls look pretty damn good. They were trying to get across the idea that maybe he wasn't a pedaephile but a person with a "normal" sex drive who had the homosexual orientation.

    Doesn't make it right, but they were saying it wasn't as bad as it looked.

    That'd be pretty damn funny about the Chinese dude, though! Your honor, a word of explanation: my client is from Taiwan.

    By Blogger Matt, at 9:53 PM  

  • I completely agree with you on this one. I always cringe when I hear someone make the tenuous link between homosexuality and pedophelia.

    As if being sexually aroused by kids is every bit as normal as pursuing a consensual relationship with a fellow adult.

    By Blogger QofD, at 3:31 PM  

  • I don't give a rat's rear if the man is gay, straight or whatever.
    That is not the question. Is his behavior wrong or not. If it is why are we waiting for his powerful friends to give him an out. Bad behavior is bad behavior, and if you are charged with caring for the safety of children and are sending provocative instant messages and e-mails to them, male or female you are no more that John J. Pervert and should be treated the same. Naybe we should just wait for him to show up on Dateline, although they usually deal with older men seeking young girls. Pulling the "Gay" and "Abused" cards just make it sleazier. Where would John Q. Public be right now if he were caught doing the same thing. I am pretty sure it would not be Rehab.

    By Anonymous llh, at 10:34 PM  

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