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GOP Page Board members toss in the towel: 'nothing learned from Foley scandal'

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I guess the party changeover on the Hill, as we saw with hate crimes, doesn’t make a bit of difference on some matters.

Two Republican House members resigned Thursday from the board supervising teenage pages, accusing a Democratic official of failing to inform them about sexual and criminal activity by at least four youngsters.

The board’s Democratic chairman supported the Republicans, blaming House Clerk Lorraine Miller – the day-to-day administrator of the page program – for failing to immediately notify Page Board members of all the inappropriate conduct.

…The resignations by Reps. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida and Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia echoed the supervision problems that came to light a year ago when Republicans were in charge.

At that time, page board members said they weren’t informed of sexual come-ons to former male pages by ex-Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla. Foley resigned his seat in September 2006, and the scandal helped cost Republicans control of the House.

…Brown-Waite wrote a scathing letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., charging that she “learned nothing from the lessons of the Mark Foley scandal.”

The Florida congresswoman said four pages have been dismissed this year “for serious criminal acts and for inappropriate sexual indiscretions.” A House Republican official said the criminal activity involved shoplifting. The official could not be quoted by name because he wasn’t authorized to comment on the issue.

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