Friday, 08 December 2006 00:00
FoleyWritten by Matt Laslo
Palm Beach Congressman Mark Foley resigned in September after sexually explicit instant messages he sent to a 16 year old male page were made public. House Leadership came under investigation for mishandling the incident and now the House Ethics Committee has released their findings.
In the report the committee said they were “disturbed by the conduct of some of those who dealt with allegations regarding the conduct of former Representative Mark Foley.” But they also found that no members violated official House rules.
While not saying anything about the committee’s findings Chairman of the Ethics committee, Washington Congressman Doc Hastings, did offer some advice for future situations.
"Each of us on this subcommittee recognizes that 20 20 hindsight is easy. And we recognize that doing the right thing in a sensitive situation can be very hard and difficult. But simply put, in situations as ones described in our report doing the right thing is the only acceptable option"
The committee requested that the current operation of the page program be reviewed to ensure the safety of pages.