That still doesn’t take away from the grave breach of trust, let alone crime, he seems to have committed as an elected representative. But I’ve done the keyboard equivalent of crumpling up my words and tossing them in the garbage, and more than once. I’ll leave his Wikipedia photo up as an emotional dart board.
The latest revelations, or – in the case of the first – confirmation of an open secret, are that he is gay and that he claims to have been sexually molested by a “clergyman” during his adolescence. The news was delivered by David Roth, an attorney Foley hired immediately after resigning his House seat last Friday.
From The New York Times:
“He said Mr. Foley, who was raised a Roman Catholic and attended Catholic schools in Lake Worth, had wanted to identify the person he said had molested him from ages 13 to 15. But his civil lawyers had advised him not to do so until he had completed treatment, Mr. Roth said. He even refused to identify the man’s religious affiliation.
“I cannot comment on whether the clergyman was a priest, a minister, an imam or a rabbi,” he said.
So here I sit, feet on the floor, trolling the web for any Foley “hits”; it’s a hyper-awareness feeling that I recognize – most recently from after I was knocked down by a cab in 2003 – knowing that I am simply feeling nothing unusual (anger, sadness, compassion, pity, disbelief, skepticism) and so many other things that I’d just like to be in front of a page of emoticons and point to the appropriate faces like some guy, as I have been, in occupational therapy.
Jon Stewart, please lighten things up a little…
*A common thread among very partisan Republicans, not linked here, is that they would be damned if they did and damned if they didn’t with Foley. To go after him too aggressively, goes their logic, would have led to cries of homophobia – a complete misunderstanding of the difference (it’s too nuanced, perhaps, for with-us-or-against-us types) between appropriate conduct as a Congressman, gay or otherwise, and sexual exploitation of minors.