I guess we should all feel safer knowing that sex predators are drafting the laws to protect children from, well, sex predators. Unlike the poor and unconnected though the law drafters aren’t looking at mandatory minimums, sex offender registration and civil commitment. The problem I have with draconian sentences is their unequal application.
And it is ironic that the Bill Foley authored is named after Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh the host of
Rep. Foley resigns House seat
By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent1 hour, 41 minutes ago
Six-term Republican Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record) of
Foley, chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children, said he would resign immediately after ABC News reported he sent messages to current and former congressional pages with repeated references to sexual organs and acts.
"Today I have delivered a letter to the Speaker of the House informing him of my decision to resign from the U.S. House of Representatives, effective today," Foley said in a statement.
"I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of
Foley's decision to resign just five weeks before the November 7 congressional election complicated Republican efforts to retain control of the House of Representatives. Democrats must pick up 15 seats to reclaim a House majority.
Lawyers from both parties were examining
Foley won re-election in 2004 with 68 percent of the vote and was favored to win in November over Democrat Tim Mahoney, a self-funding financial officer. President George W. Bush carried the district with 54 percent of the vote.
Foley was the author of the key sexual predator provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which Bush signed in July.
Foley, who represents a district in southern