Monthly Archives: September 2006
MSNBC, CNN, and many others are now reporting that Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican from Florida who held what was considered a safe seat,
will not run for reelection has resigned from Congress. Why you ask? Apparently he liked to send sexual emails and instant messages to underage male Congressional pages. Oh yeah, and he just happens to be the founder and co-chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children.
CNNâ€™s Dana Bash reported just now:
CNN has learned, according to GOP sources, that as you said, Republican Congressman Mark Foley of Florida has decided not to seek reelection. â€¦ Foley did admit to a spokesperson that he had that e-mail exchange with the boy, but absolutely flatly denied that that was an inappropriate e-mail exchange. Now, a GOP source tells us now that essentially Foley is worried that there are other potentially politically damaging e-mail or other messages that may be out there and he has concluded that itâ€™s probably best for him not to seek reelection from Florida. That is what weâ€™re told.
Yesterday, ABC News, AmericaBlog, and Raw Story released a series of questionable emails between Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) and a 16-year-old male page. In the emails, sent from Foleyâ€™s personal account, Foley â€œasks the young man how old he is, what he wants for his birthday and requests a photo of him.â€
ABC News had read excerpts of instant messages provided by former pages who said the congressman, under the AOL Instant Messenger screen name Maf54, made repeated references to sexual organs and acts.
According to FL state election law, Foley cannot be replaced on the ballot, meaning this should become a Democratic seat on November 7th.
It’s tough being gay in the GOP.
9:44 PM ET.
Still in Boston on this beautiful New England night. I broke out the fleece for the first time last night as it’s already chilly up here in the Commonwealth.
Today was a long day- we were up at 6:00 AM to meet State Senator Ed Augustus at the Statehouse for an interview. Ed’s a good guy and gave us some insight into the political landscape here in Massachusetts. He also gave us an insiders perspective on the recent healthcare bill that was passed in the Statehouse to cover all Massachusetts residents.
After the interview, we had some breakfast in the Boston Common and then came back to Arty’s house to work. I took a little nap (well, 1.5 hours) as we didn’t get to bed until way too late last night.
12:08 PM ET.
Goodbye Rhode Island. We got lost and missed our interview with Democratic Senate nominee Sheldon Whitehouse. However, we chased him across town to Brown University and got a great interview with him in a social room in one of the dorms.
We’re now in Boston! My brother and I went to school here and haven’t been back to Beantown in a while. We have all sorts of craziness happening over the next three days.
We’ll interview Deval Patrick, Michael Dukakis, Jeanne Shaheen, Ed Augustus and many more.
Right now, I’m sitting outside of Arty’s house, waiting for him to get home from work so we can unpack the DoubleSpeak van. Arty is a good friend from Northeastern University who still lives up here in Jamaica Plains. Arty does some technical work on the DoubleSpeak website and he hosts our website on his server. Maybe I can talk him into guest posting on the blog.
The next DoubleSpeak episode will be up in a few hours. Stay tuned!
have announced that their 2008 Presidential Convention will be held in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
11:45 PM ET.
It’s late. We just got done a little business meeting and scheduling session. We’re now parting ways and spreading out to bedrooms throughout this wonderful Rhode Island home.
Patty’s (Matthew’s special lady friend) parents are great. They made us a feast and even helped with laundry, which was starting to pile up.
I’m so excited to get to Boston! Lots of friends, lots of great interviews and we’ll take Saturday off to relax and enjoy the city.
If anyone is in the Boston area and would like to meet up, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know where we’ll be.
After Boston, we’ll leave the comforts of the East Coast and forge the Ohio Valley. That, my friends is where the journey will really begin.
If you haven’t had a chance to listen to today’s episode with Joe Sestak, please do so. I just re-listened and I have to say, this man needs to be elected to Congress. He’s thoughtful, able, smart and ready for this job.
Another great day from the road.
9:23 PM ET.
We have arrived in Rhode Island!
We just ate a huge Portuguese feast at Patty’s parentâ€™s house and now we’re all sitting around doing work on our respective laptops.
We had a really great day in New Haven. As Josh mentioned before we interviewed Tim Tagaris, the Internet Director for the Ned Lamont campaign. He’s wicked smart (Iâ€™m in New England so I can say that) and we’ll have his interview posted in the next day or two.
New Haven is a beautiful town and today was perhaps the nicest day Iâ€™ve seen all year- perfect temperature with sun and a slight breeze. When the weather is good, I am happy.
The leaves are already starting to change colors up here in New England and we’ve driven by a number of pumpkin patches. It’s definitely fall and I love it.
Tomorrow we’ll spend the day right outside of Providence producing a couple of shows and then tomorrow night we’re scheduled to interview Sheldon Whitehouse, the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Rhode Island. Then, weâ€™ll head to our old stomping ground in Boston for a three day jaunt. We have some great interviews booked up in the Bay State including with a former Democratic nominee for President…any guesses?
Ok, back to work. Hope everyone is having a good night out in TV land.
4:59 PM ET.
We’re on the highway slowly making our way out of Connecticut and its traffic. While our greatest issue in the state was the lack of good Verizon service and quick internet, by far the largest issue on everyone’s mind here (and honestly, everywhere we’ve been) is Iraq. From the politicians, to the campaign staffers, to our gracious hosts the Weins last night, everyone is voting on the war. Maybe things will change as we head west and enter some more purple states. Over at The Fix they’re already in Ohio where people seem concerned about gas prices. But in the Nutmeg state, it’s Iraq. Despite “I’m Sticking With Joe” road signs, things don’t look great for Senator Lieberman.
I’d been to Yale before but I guess never really walked around. It’s a gorgeous day and after our interview with the Lamont campaign’s internet director, Tim Tagaris, we met up with Bec for a food truck burrito and a gander through the Freshman Quad.
We’ve been on the road for over a week now but it still doesn’t really feel like a roadtrip. Travelling the familiar roads of the Northeast corridor still feels more like just driving around. That should change when we depart Boston next week.
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