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Hastert blames Dems for Foley scandal


"(House* speaker [Dennis]) Hastert sought to blame Democrats1 for leaking sexually explicit computer instant messages between [Mark] Foley and former pages from 2003."

— Forbes, 3 October 2006



Representative Mark Foley (R-Florida) communicated sexual intentions via email with boys who were working in the House of Representatives as "pages."

A page is a traditional role within the House of Representatives — a role that is nearly as old as the union of the States. The page, a partisan youth of generally about 16 years old, serves to deliver documents an perform other nonspecialized duties.

Foley, in a addition to his role as a representative, served as the head of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children.

* The House of Representatives is one of two branches of United States Congress (the other being the Senate.)

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1. "We had seven years of progress toward peace in the Middle East, and they tried to blame me for trouble in the Middle East. That's just what they do. Republicans have always done that."

— Former President Bill Clinton, July 2002

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