Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A page and a pedophile

Page-gate scandal deepens and the Oklahoma connection becomes clearer ...

Ex-page meets with FBI
By Nolan Clay
The Oklahoman

Former congressional page Jordan Edmund arrived at 10 a.m. today for a meeting with the FBI. The FBI is investigating former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, who resigned Sept. 29.
Edmund was accompanied by his attorney, Stephen Jones, of Enid, for the meeting at the U.S. Attorney Office in downtown Oklahoma City.
Edmund, 21, had a serious expression and was carrying a large envelope. He was wearing a dark pin-striped suit and red tie.
Foley, a Florida Republican, quit after ABC News confronted him about lurid messages sent over the Internet to teenage, former male pages.
Foley, 52, has admitted through an attorney that he sent inappropriate online messages. Edmund, a Californian, was identified last week by a blogger as one of the former pages who allegedly got online instant messages from Foley. In one alleged message to Edmund, Foley wrote "strip down and get relaxed."
Edmund has been living in Oklahoma City and working as a deputy campaign manager for the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Rep. Ernest Istook. He was a U.S. House page in 2001 and 2002.
Jones said last week Edmund is willing to talk to the FBI and the House Ethics Committee. He also said Edmund "was a minor when the alleged events described in the media occurred."
Jones told CNN on Friday and confirmed Monday to The Oklahoman that there was "no physical involvement between" Edmund and Foley. The attorney also told The Oklahoman the two were never together privately.
Foley mentioned Edmund and other pages by name on the House floor in June 2002 as they finished their service. "Cherish your youth, cherish this experience, but above all cherish your families," Foley said then. "Let them know how much you appreciate them giving you this chance."

What did Rep. Istook know? I think he should be questioned by the feds as well, along with Rep. Rodney Alexander of Louisiana. I'm with Oyster over at Your Right Hand Thief, calling for Alexander's resignation. Out with Alexander, in with Libertarian Brent Sanders!!!

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