Pardon me, but what Rep Mahoney is doing is seriously not good. He is a short term member of congress, and his electorate will have a chance to judge him fairly quickly.
Rep. Foley was a long term member of congress. Unless my memory is seriously flawed, complaints about his behavior were made to the higher up folks in the Republican congretional leadership. He held a seat on the committee for orientation of the congretional pages and was supposed to have a large role in counseling them and being a helper for them. Not only was he, like Rep. Mahoney, engaging in sexually dubious behavior, but his party higher ups were covering up for him, and he was supposed to be acting in the role of a mentor to people he was exploiting sexually. Whether any of this behavior was consumated in some physically explicit fashion, I don't know; but asking the sorts of inappropriate questions Mr. Foley was reported to have asked and (if my memory is accurate about meetings outside of work hours is correct) opening himself to the sorts of questions that seem to be natural extensions of Mr. Foley's behavior with these boys are both not the sort of thing that a man holding a position such as Rep. Foley's would be wise to do. It opens him up to exactly these kinds of questions, and Mr. Foley would be disingenuous in the extreme not to acknowledge this. Given his party's odd stance in regard to gay's in general, Mr. Foley is vastly more unwise than Mr. Mahoney in exposing his party and its elders to the potential downside of his behavior. And his behavior resulted in the sort of consequence that was in line with the vast hipocracy that Mr. Foley's lifestyle shoehorned him into, and which Mr. Foley's Republican allies had no idea of how to deal with in any sort of rational or humane fashion.
In fact Mr. Foley's apparent sexual preferences, for boys under the age of consent, appears to have no place in our political system for expression at all at this time.
And it is for their part in the cover-up of his apparent active pursuit of this lifestyle—I have no idea of his success—that seems to have gotten the Republican leadership in trouble with Rep. Foley as well. I find the difference between the behavior of Mr. Foley and the then Republican leadership, whose stated values around this sort of thing seem to be at least a little bit in variance with their concern for covering up and even facilitating Mr. Foley's behavior, and the reprehensible behavior of Rep. Mahoney to be fairly obvious in terms of duration, damage done to the institutions of the House, and damage done to the institutions of their respective parties. These things may not merit a difference in news coverage in Threadbear's eyes. I urge Threadbear to consider some of the issues I have raised here. For Rep. Mahoney's behavior itself, no excuses suffice. He will be judged by his constituents and his family. He already has my disapproval.
Sincerely yours, Bob Kaven