Another lying ad about Foleygate
(Note: the original title of this post was inaccurate – the ad in question is not the ad Baron Hill [Democrat in Indiana] is running.)
It’s happening again. Back on the 4th, I blogged about the lying ad Democrat Patty Wetterling was running against her opponent, Minnesota State Senator Michele Bachmann in the race for Minnesota’s 6th Congressionial district seat, currently occupied by Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy (Kennedy’s running for Senate).
Towards the beginning of the ad, you hear this ominous voice saying in response to the Foleygate scandal:
“It shocks the conscience. Congressional leaders have admitted to covering up the predatory behavior of a congressman who used the internet to molest children.”
I noted in my post that 1) A 16 year old is not a child (unless you want to claim children drive cars) and 2) how did we go from inappropriate emails and instant messages to molestation? The ad was outrageously false, but it’s still up on Wetterling’s site as of the writing of this post.
Well now the Democrats are running another lying Foleygate ad, this one against Representative Tom Reynolds, from NY’s 26th Congressional district, who is also the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). About 40 or so seconds into this ABCNews video (Note: if that link doesn’t take you directly to the ABC News story, you should see the link somewhere on that page), you’ll see what one radio ad says about Reynolds and how his”failure to act” as well as him encouraging Foley to run again could have meant that Reynolds was “possibly putting more kids at risk” which translates into: Tom Reynolds knew Mark Foley was a “sexual predator towards kids” and even knowing that encouraged Foley to run again. As we all know by now, Foley had this sick obsession with male teenage (16+ years) pages, not “kids” or “children.” That’s an important distinction to make. Neither type of behavior is even remotely condonable, but that audio ad makes it sound like Foley hung around elementary school playgrounds stalking 7 year old boys. Reynolds did not know about Foley’s sexual fascination with those teenage males, and there is no way in hell he would have encouraged him to run if he did. That is an outright false assertion made on the part of Democrats who have already said the facts really don’t matter in this case.
I’ve checked to see if this ad is on his opponent’s website, but as of right now it’s not. The ads targeting Reynolds are having an impact, if polls are any indication – the latest Zogby poll has Reynolds now trailing Davis by 15 points, in what was once considered a safe Republican seat. Congrats, Dems: you’re proving that your lack of honesty and respect for the actual facts that we know so far about Mark Foley and the controversy surrounding what the House leadership did and did not know about him are working. Foley is slime in one regard; you guys who are lying about what he did as well as lying about what the House knew are slimes of a different kind.
In the meantime, the LATimes reports today of an alleged sexual encounter between Mark Foley and a former page – who stated he was 21 years old at the time of the alleged encounter. Why the hell is this news? Hugh Hewitt wonders, too, as does Gateway Pundit.
Update: Nail, meet hammer. (Hat tip: Dean Barnett)
- Three former pages make claims against Foley
- Hastert press conference
- Fraudian slip?
- If Foley were convicted of [insert sex charge here] and Bush pardoned him …
- Wash Times to call for Hastert’s resignation as House speaker
- Foleygate: The Democrats’ October surprise?
- US Rep. Mark Foley: Good riddance