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Stealth resignation

The White House finally caught a break on scandals. Thanks to the uproar over former GOP Rep. Mark Foley’s steamy e-mails, the departure of a top aide to White House political guru Karl Rove passed, as planned, almost unnoticed.

George Allen the racist is also a political whore

I wish I could say that I’m surprised to find out that Virginia Sen. George Allen is not only a racist but a crook. Unfortunately, I can’t. I suppose we should expect this from a carpetbagger.

As a Virginian, I’m embarrassed that this sleazeball is a Senator representing our commonwealth in Congress. He’s not the only sleazeball, mind you. We also have Rep. Jim Moran, acknowledged wife beater and notorious user of other people’s money to pay off his investment losses.

But now an Associated Press investigation shows Allen the racist is also Allen the bribe-taker – just another support-for-sale politician willing to sell his soul (and vote) for money.

GOP became aware of Foley’s actions six years ago

Rep. Jim Kolbe, the only openly-gay Republican member of Congress, knew about Rep. Mark Foley’s sexually-explicit emails to young male pages at least six years ago and told the now former Congressman to cut it out.

Kolbe, who once invited pages to use his home when he was out of town, served as a Congressional page.

Allen took bribes, then failed to report stock options

Sen. George Allen sold his support and votes to companies that rewarded him with stock options and then failed to report those stock holdings as required by law.

Allen’s illegal actions place him in direct violation of Securities and Exchange Commission regulations and the rules of the U.S. Senate as well as federal laws that prohibit elected officials from accepting bribes.

An investigation into Allen by The Associated Press shows Allen cashed in on contacts he made as governor of Virginia, receiving appointments to boards and receiving stock options as rewards. He then rewarded those companies with support and votes after becoming a U.S. Senator.

Allen, whose campaign has stumbled this year because of his history of racist comments, now may face criminal charges for more serious misdeeds.

Foley may be gone but the firestorm he started lingers

By LARRY MARGASAK

The House’s investigation of a page sex scandal has only one certainty: Former Rep. Mark Foley will escape punishment by his peers.

It is the Florida Republican’s sexually explicit electronic messages to teenage former male pages that have ignited what has become a pre-election firestorm.

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