"Who writes these laws?"
--Chris Matthews, Hardball
Congressman Mark Foley (R-Fla.): "Do I make you a little horny?"
Teen: "A little."
Foley: "Cool." --from the transcript of a sexually explicit IM chat Foley had with a 16-year-old male, the revelation of which prompted him to resign.
--the initial characterization of Mark Foley's emails by House Speaker Dennis Hastert's office
"And, and, and my position is it's in his corner, it's his responsibility."
--House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), blaming House Speaker Dennis Hastert for the page scandal
"I hate to tell you, but it's not always pretty up there on Capitol Hill, and there have been other scandals as you know that have been more than simply naughty emails."
--White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, downplaying the Foley pedophilia scandal
"Our gay guys don't vote like your gay guys."
"Anybody even contemplating a sexual offense against a child, understand your life will be ruined."
--Rep. Mark Foley, co-founder of Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus
"They're sick people. They need mental health counseling. They certainly don’t need to be interacting with children."
--Mark Foley, on pedophiles, in 2002
“We track library books better than we track pedophiles."
--Mark Foley, talking to America's Most Wanted in 2001
“Well, if I were one of these sickos, I'd be nervous with America’s Most Wanted on my trail."
--Mark Foley, in 2001
"It's vile. It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction."
--Mark Foley, on Bill Clinton, in 1998
"Did you know Congressional pages referred to him as “Lord of the Fly?”
"The fact is even prior to the existence of the Foley e-mail exchanges I had more than one conversation with senior staff at the highest level of the House of Representatives asking them to intervene when I was informed of Mr. Foley's inappropriate behavior. Rather than trying to shift the blame on me, those who are employed by these House leaders should acknowledge what they know about their action or inaction in response to the information they knew about Mr. Foley prior to 2005."
--Kirk Fordham, Chief of Staff, Representative Tom Reynolds
"Hastert looks like "Dead Man Walking."
"Congressman Foley has been an effective and dedicated Member of Congress. Nonetheless, if it is determined that he has engaged in acts which have harmed children or put them in jeopardy, like any other person, he must be held accountable. If he has violated the law, he should be prosecuted."
--National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)
On the Resignation of Congressman Mark Foley (September 30, 2006)