Disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley said through his lawyer Tuesday that he was sexually abused by a clergyman as a teenager, but accepts full responsibility for sending salacious computer messages to teenage male pages.
Attorney David Roth said Foley was molested between ages 13 and 15. He declined to identify the clergyman or the church, but Foley is Roman Catholic.
He also acknowledged for the first time that the former congressman is gay, saying the disclosure was part of his client’s “recovery.”
“Mark Foley wants you to know he is a gay man,” Roth told reporters as Republicans struggled with fallout from Foley’s resignation.
I guess running to rehab to hide wasn’t enough. Time to pull out all the stops with the old “a priest pulled my winkie” trick, and the “oh yeah, and I’m gay.” Are we supposed to feel sorry for him now? Being molested and gay doesn’t make you a pedophile. Being a pedophile makes you a pedophile.