Democratic congressional candidate Ken Lucas (Kentucky) has landed himself in hot water with certain gay groups after this little slip of the tongue (no pun intended) on Tuesday on the Foley scandal (emphasis added):
GOP leadership should have been wary of former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley because they knew he was gay, Democratic congressional candidate Ken Lucas said Tuesday.
“Those folks (in leadership) had plenty of warning about what was going on,” Lucas told The Kentucky Post editorial board.
“It was common knowledge that Foley was a gay man. To me, when people in positions of leadership saw things around the edges, that should’ve raised red flags, ” he said.
Ooops. Gay man=sexual offender? Nice going, Lucas. If your opponent, incumbent Republican Geoff Davis, had said the same thing, you’d be the next Representative from Kentucky’s 4th Congressional district.
Here’s the latest Foleygate development, via Drudge:
ABC ONLINE GLITCH LEADS TO IDENTITY OF FOLEY ACCUSER
FEATURED IM EXCHANGE WAS WITH 18 YEAR OLD
Wed Oct 04 2006 20:32:06 ET
A posting on ABCNEWS.COM of an unredacted instant message sessions between Rep. Mark Foley and a former congressional page has exposed the identity of the now 21 year-old accuser.
The website PASSIONATE AMERICA detailed the startling exposure late Wednesday.
ABCNEWS said in a statement: “We go to great lengths to prevent the names of alleged sex crime victims from being revealed. On Friday there was a very brief technical glitch on our site which was overridden immediately. It is possible that during that very brief interval a screen name could have been captured. Reviews of the site since then show no unredacted screen names.”
SEX CHAT WAS WITH 18 YEAR OLD
On Tuesday ABC news released a high-impact instant message exchange between Foley and, as ABC explained, a young man “under the age of 18.”
ABC headlined the story: “New Foley Instant Messages; Had Internet Sex While Awaiting House Vote”
But upon reviewing the records, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, the young man was in fact over the age of 18 at the time of the exchange.
A network source explains, messages with the young man and disgraced former Congressman Foley took place before and after the 18th birthday.
As Scooby Doo would say, “Ruh roh!”
On CBS News on Tuesday, correspondent Gloria Borger reported that there’s anger among House Republicans at what an unidentified House GOPer called a “network of gay staffers and gay members who protect each other and did the Speaker a disservice.” The implication is that these gay Republicans somehow helped page-pursuing Mark Foley before his ugly (and possibly illegal) conduct was exposed. The Listâ€“drawn up by gay politicosâ€“is a partial accounting of who on Capitol Hill might be in that network.
It’s getting nas-tee in DC. I’d wear boots if I were visiting. And bring a shovel, too.
Update I: What the hell? Stay away from Hastert’s house! Damn media vipers.
Update II: In my prior update on the photo of Denny Hastert, I’d only seen the one snapshot. But there was more than one photo (one that I missed) of Hastert in his home taken by a snooping photog outside of his home. Allah found the other one (scroll). My comment at HA:
I’ve seen photos of the Prez sitting in his office – photos that were taken outside. Those are understandable. The man is a public servant, he’s at work, and the public has the right to know that he’s working.
But a man’s home, OTOH, is his private castle and unless he’s invited the mediots around to take snapshots of him in his house, they have no business doing so. It smacks of standing-behind-a-tree to catch a glimpse tabloid journalism. These two photos are prime examples of just how low the media have fallen in their efforts to sink Republicans during an election year.