Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Non-Excuse Excuse

The first thing Mark Foley (R-FL) did when the page scandal shitstorm blew up around him was retreat into rehab (where he's comparing notes with Mel Gibson, no doubt). It may well have been an attempt to get people to feel sorry for him, but the general impression is that he retreated into rehab less to dry out than to lay low.

But that doesn't mean he can't issue self-serving statements through his attorney. For example, yesterday the disgraced ex-Congressman's lawyer, David [Lee?] Roth, disclosed that Foley had been molested "by a clergyman" when he was a teenager.
"Mark does not blame the trauma he sustained as a young adolescent for his totally inappropriate" e-mails and instant messages, Roth said. "He continues to offer no excuse whatsoever for his conduct."
He just felt like disclosing his history of sexual molestation for no reason whatsoever. Just randomly, as it were. It's certainly not to make you feel bad for him, unless you do feel bad for him, that is.

Mr. Roth continued:
"There was absolutely no inappropriate sexual contact with any minor...and any suggestion that Mark Foley is a pedophile is false," Roth said.
Which makes it all the more puzzling that he would disclose his own history of abuse now. It's well known that adults who were sexually abused as kids are far more likely to become molesters themselves. Discussing his past molestation is only going to strengthen the impression that Foley is a pedophile.
Roth also acknowledged for the first time that the former congressman is gay, saying the disclosure was part of his client's "recovery."

"Mark Foley wants you to know he is a gay man," Roth said.
Yeah, thanks. We picked up on that.
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