Monday, October 02, 2006
Former congressional pages use web to talk about Foley scandal
From CNN Internet Reporter Abbi Tatton
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Web pages and online message boards used by current and former congressional pages have been dominated Monday by discussion of former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Florida. Much of the chatter about the page program stresses what a positive experience it can be, and there is concern the entire program will suffer as a result of this scandal.
While many posts on Foley are filled with shock and disgust at the content of the instant messages now circulating online, some comments are emerging from former pages that Foley had made them uncomfortable.
Online mentions of Foley by pages go back several years. The House Page Alumni Association's web site has recently been taken offline, but CNN has identified archived pages including a 2004 mention of Foley's sexual orientation, and a story about Foley going out of his way to learn one page's name after a late night vote. In one 2005 exchange, a prospective page posted his intention to apply to Mark Foley's office, and the response from a House Page Alumnus was simply 'Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Foley.'
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