So, it only took a few days – and how many phone calls? – to the city’s only Republican congressman, Rep. Vito Fossella, for him to say whether he thinks the House leadership handled Mark Foley sex scandal properly.
Upstate Congressman Tom Reynolds convinced Foley to seek re-election, after reading his sexually-charged emails. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and his staff had been warned about Foley as early as two years ago.
Fossella’s position on Hastert and Reynolds: Will wait and see.
Here’s the statement.
“Mr. Foley’s behavior was inappropriate, offensive and repugnant. If the allegations are true, Mr. Foley should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There are currently federal and state investigations that are going on as well as an investigation by the House Ethics Committee. We do not yet have all the facts on whom in Congress knew the full extent of what was occurring or when those individuals knew it. I will wait for all the facts to be presented before passing judgment on their actions. I will continue to monitor this closely. I also donated $2000. in contributions from Mr. Foley to organizations in Staten Island and Brooklyn.”
— Azi Paybarah