Friday, October 06, 2006


Will Sue Kelly get subpoena over Mark Foley mess?

Now that ABC News is reporting that three former pages were being harassed by Mark Foley when Sue Kelly was Chairwoman of the Page Board , it seems like only a matter time before Sue is hauled before the House Ethics Committee. Here's a snippet from the ABC News report:

The second page who talked with ABC News, a graduate of the 2000 page class, says Foley actually visited the old page dorm and offered rides to events in his BMW.

"His e-mails developed into sexually explicit conversations, and he asked me for photographs of my erect penis," the former page said.

Despite the fact that Kelly claims she can't remember exactly when she served as Chairman of the Page Board, various sources put the date at Feb. 11, 1999 through early 2001. That would put her in charge during the dates that this particular page was being harassed by one of her colleagues.

And there's also this as reported in today's Charleston (W.V) Gazette: Sue Kelly collected around $12,000 from her PROM date/fundraiser with Mark Foley on Sept. 26, just two days before Foley resigned from Congress.

The bottom line is that Sue Kelly either knew what was going on with Mark Foley and covered it up, or she wasn't doing her job as Chairwoman of the Page Board by protecting vulnerable teenagers. Which one is it Sue?

Perhaps she already HAS received one! Someone should ask her, if for no other reason than just to hear her predictable answer: "I cannot comment on an ongoing investigation."

At which point, that's a "Sue Kelly-ism" for: "YES. But, I can't possibly tell my constituents the truth, can I?"
The GOP and guys like James Dobson are trying to spin this as if it was a prank that the pages were playing on Foley. One, he didn't have to go along with it and ask about "erect penises". Two, it's an old GOP tactic called "blame the victim." Don't fall for it!
I really hope this latest Take19 release/blog about Sue being subpoenaed stays on TOP of the Take19 site until we get an answer to the question. (Is she being subpoenaed? i.e.: Is she being held accountable?)

Kelly's retreat into the "I'm just a little old grandmother" routine just doesn't cut it! And her glaringly notable lack of communication with the voters during this campaign should NOT be allowed to pass without everyone screaming: "Say something! Stop insulting the voters of this district. YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE!"
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