The latest from Foleygate from The Drudge Report is that “Filthy Foley online chats were Page prank gone awry”. You have got to be kidding. This has not yet been proved; however, why would this not shock me.
According to two people close to former congressional page Jordan Edmund, the now famous lurid AOL Instant Message exchanges that led to the resignation of Mark Foley were part of an online prank that by mistake got into the hands of enemy political operatives, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.
According to one Oklahoma source who knows the former page very well, Edmund, a conservative Republican, goaded an unwitting Foley to type embarrassing comments that were then shared with a small group of young Hill politicos. The prank went awry when the saved IM sessions got into the hands of political operatives favorable to Democrats.
The prank scenario only applies to the Edmund IM sessions and does not necessarily apply to any other exchanges between the former congressman and others.
And now its being reported by ABC News that three more Pages are coming forward to accuse Mark Foley of online sexual advances. Wow, you are not going to believe these comments.
The pages served in the classes of 1998, 2000 and 2002. They independently approached ABC News after the Foley resignation through the Brian Ross & the Investigative Team’s tip line on ABCNews.com. None wanted their names used because of the sensitive nature of the communications.
Other Bloggers to read for these bizarre events:
The Raw Story, “Sources inside ABC News tell RAW STORY that the evidence of widespread misconduct by Foley is overwhelming and rules out the possibility that the entire scandal is based on a prank or a sting.”
Stop the ACLU, “Furthermore, even if it was a prank it changes nothing. If it was a prank, Foley fell for it. Foley’s actions are inexcusable no matter which way you cut it. He abused his power, and this young man wasn’t the only one.”
WIZBANG, “In a Conservatives With Attitude podcast panel discussion Tuesday night, Betsy predicted as much. I don’t have a transcript of her comments, but she talked about the possibility that the IM exchanges might have been the result of a small group of teenagers sitting in front of the computer laughing about the things they could get a congressman to say”.