PERSON OF THE WEEK - Sep. 24-30, 2006
I hate weeks like this. I hate having to blog about disgusting acts committed by sick people, especially when there are much more important thing going on in the world (in the grand scheme of things). That said, I find it hard to deny that Congressman Mark Foley really shook up Washington this week.
Mr. Foley's sexually-charged e-mails to a 16 year-old former page are inexcusable, especially for a man know as a crusader against child-pornography, and I am glad that this man is no longer sitting in the United States Congress. Will his actions affect the coming midterm elections? It's too early to tell. I personally don't think that this is a Republican-Democrat issue, and I hope that both the voters and the Democratic Party realize that fact. If you want proof that this is not a partisan matter, Democratic Congressman Gerry Studds was censured by the House in 1983 for having sex with a 17 year old male page (he also went on to win five more terms after his censure).
I personally doubt that there was any sort of cover-up, but heads should roll if there was - regardless of party.
So, for sending shockwaves through Congress and thoroughly grossing out the nation, Mark Foley is ConservaGlobe's Person of the Week.