GOP Knew Of Rep. Foley’s IMs?

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If you haven’t heard about the brewing scandal involving Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), an underage page and sexual explicit IM sessions yet, here’s the lowdown.

Read up? Okay, now then…

It appears as if some in the GOP knew of this a while ago, but did nothing about it. Obviously, if this is true, it’s pretty appalling.

From the SF Gate:

Campaign aides had previously acknowledged that the Republican congressman e-mailed the former Capitol page five times, but had said there was nothing inappropriate about the exchange. The page was 16 at the time of the e-mail correspondence.

Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., who sponsored the page from his district, told reporters that he learned of the e-mails from a reporter some months ago and passed on the information to Rep. Thomas Reynolds, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Republican campaign organization.

Alexander said he did not pursue the matter further because “his parents said they didn’t want me to do anything.”

Carl Forti, a spokesman for the GOP campaign organization, said Reynolds learned from Alexander that the parents did not want to pursue the matter. Forti said, however, that the matter did go before the House Page Board � the three lawmakers and two House officials who oversee the pages.

So my question is did they not see the IM sessions? What’s going on here? Apparently Foley was a shoe-in to win re-election so did retaining power in the House supercede the need to expose Foley sooner?

I hope we get more answers soon on this one.