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Kolbe saw Foley messages in 2000

Jim Kolbe, the out gay retiring Arizona congressman from Arizona was given some of Foley’s predatory, sexually explicit emails that were received by a former page back in 2000. Kolbe even confronted Foley about it, according to the WaPo. Foley didn’t stop harrassing the pages.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) confirmed yesterday that a former page showed the congressman Internet messages that had made the youth feel uncomfortable with the direction 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.

…Hastert and his top aides have been sharply criticized by Democrats and some conservative Republicans for failing to act promptly after receiving warnings that Foley had been sexually predatory in dealing with pages and former pages. Ron Bonjean, the speaker’s spokesman, said yesterday: “Allegations of inappropriate conduct by members of Congress towards pages need to be fully reviewed by the ethics committee and law enforcement.”

In addressing the revelation about Kolbe, Bonjean said, “This allegation reiterates why the speaker has also called for a full review of the House page program to ensure that it is as safe and secure as possible.”

Right. Meanwhile, your boss looked the other way.

Hat tips, Autumn and Holly

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