A Republican congressman knew of disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate Internet exchanges as far back as 2000 and personally confronted Foley about his communications.
A spokeswoman for Rep. Jim Kolbe, R-Ariz., confirmed Sunday that a former page showed the congressman Internet messages that had made the youth feel uncomfortable with the direction that Foley, R-Fla., was taking their e-mail relationship. Last week, when the Foley matter erupted, a Kolbe staff member suggested to the former page that he take the matter to the clerk of the House, Karen Haas, said Kolbe's press secretary, Korenna Cline....
The Republicans knew about Foley's behavior toward congressional pages, yet they continued to give him leadership roles, take his campaign contributions, and allow him to continue his harrassment of pages. The Republicans just looked the other way. Hastert, Blunt, Boehner, Pryce, and other GOP members have lots of questions to answer about what they knew and when they knew it. They are ultimately responsible for whatever happened because their leadership allowed it to go on.