I’ve got to get this off my chest.
An Open Letter to Mr Mark Foley (as you are no longer Rep. Mark Foley):
So your little secret is out, and now you have become the kingpin of hypocrisy in America today. You paraded around on the campaign trail as a crusader for protecting children from Internet sexual predators while you yourself were soliciting underage boys for Internet sex. Apparently your values were so conflicted that you even interrupted a vote on the floor of the House in 2003 to engage in Internet sex with a high school student. Your lack of professionalism and pedophilia tendencies are extremely inappropriate and rightfully have cost you your job and quite possibly your freedom.
While I find the way in which you conducted yourself disgusting, it is your behavior now that the cat is out of the bag that is truly appalling. When the story broke, you immediately resigned your position as Congressman. That has been the only respectable thing you’ve done. Since then however you and your team of lawyers, as well as your fellow members of the GOP, have pointed fingers and tried to blame everything and everyone for your actions but you.
I expected the Republicans to point fingers at the Democrats and say that they are playing this for political purposes. I hate to say it, but yes, the Democrats probably are, but that’s politics and they are ugly. Politics aside, no one made you partake in sexually-explicit chats with minors. You and you alone are guilty of that. If the Democrats are using this to win an election, you should feel ashamed that you gave them that opportunity and put your own party at risk. And shame to anyone, and I mean anyone – Democrat or Republican- who sat on your secret without taking action before now.
More disturbing though is the way you are trying to excuse your actions by attaching yourself to different groups. The story was not even 24-hours old before it was announced that you were seeking treatment for alcoholism. The people who seem to know you say that your "alcoholism" is a ruse; they hardly ever saw you drink. Did you and your spin machine float this story out there as an explanation for your actions? Are you trying to imply that alcohol made you a pedophile? Alcohol may do many things, but I doubt you could prove it creates sexual urges that aren’t already there.
Today I’m reading in the news that you claim to have been molested by a clergyman as a teenager. In what way does this explain your actions with those young boys? You have done a huge disservice to those victims of molestation who are leading normal lives today. You have implied that because you were abused, you abused others. Do you somehow think that makes it okay, or were you merely looking for sympathy for your current situation? Thousands (millions?) of kids are sexually-abused by adults each year, but when they grow up, they don’t continue the chain of abuse. If they can overcome it, you could have to. You should have sought out the help and counseling you needed, but you didn’t.
Lastly, you are now claiming (through your lawyers) that you are gay. So what? I’m gay, but I have never stalked minors online. No Mr. Foley, you are a pedophile. Own up to that first before you claim to be gay or anything else. As a gay man, I am especially outraged that your "confession" has blurred the lines of homosexuality and pedophilia in the minds of the American public. If you are gay so be it, but that is immaterial to the fact that you are first and foremost a pedophile. You don’t represent gay men, so don’t be sending out press statements announcing you’re gay as though that is tied to your actions. We don’t want and we don’t need you on our team.
I am sure that in the coming days there will be more revelations about your activities and lies that will show what a truly despicable person you are. Already there are reports coming in casting doubt on your claims that you have never had sex with a minor. Do us all a favor though and stop passing the buck. You did it; now own up to it and go seek the professional counseling you so desperately need.