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GOP’s Kolbe Named as ‘Problem’ for Pages, Says ABC Source

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Posted on Oct 27, 2006
Rep. Jim Kolbe
From ABC News

Apparently—and it’s really only apparently at this point—Mark Foley wasn’t the only GOP rep who got too close to congressional pages. ABC is reporting that a former House clerk has named GOP Rep. Jim Kolbe as one of a small number of “problem members.”

  • We’re posting this because ABC News has credibility on this topic. It was 100% correct in its reporting about Foley, so we’re giving it the benefit of the doubt here.

  • ABC News:

    A source close to former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl told ABC News that Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) was one of a small number of “problem members” of Congress who page program supervisors complained spent too much time socializing with pages, taking them to dinner or sporting events outside of official duties.

    Mark Foley was also on the list.

    The source said Trandahl frequently cautioned both congressmen that “adults should hang out with adults, pages should hang out with pages,” a message Trandahl also conveyed to pages during their orientation.

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    By R. A. Earl, October 29, 2006 at 9:23 pm Link to this comment
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    “adults should hang out with adults, pages should hang out with pages,””

    Such a silly notion. What is with Americans that makes them so ready to throw the baby out with the bathwater?

    Out of the hundreds of senators and members of congress, a few might have “contradictory yearnings” for younger members of the same sex, but fewer still would ever act on these feelings even when provided with temptations and opportunities.

    It is to be expected that a few pages, being also of the human condition, have similar inclinations, sometimes even for older members of the same sex. These hyper, oversexed, precocious bags of hormones have little or nothing to lose by “taking a chance on love.” Women have long known this is often an effective way to boost their climb up the corporate ladder.

    So what do American “officials” do about the molehills surfaced by the improper behavior of one or two whose lack of good judgement and discretion has landed them on the front pages (pun by accident)?

    Right! Go in with all guns blazing, missing almost all the real targets, and turning an otherwise nearly insignificant private molehill into an entire mountain range of wholesale public depravity.

    What’s even more astonishing is that Americans shoot themselves in the foot this way, time after time after time! There must be some kind of NATIONAL LEARNING DISABILITY!

    Signed…
    “Waiting for Americans to GROW UP.”

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    By Nick Vineyard, October 28, 2006 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment
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    Being gay and being a pedophile are two different things.

    Blaming alcohol or being gay for wanting to touch little boys should make every person in America and the world disgusted on behalf of those who are gay or suffer from alcoholism.

    Don’t tell me there aren’t some Republican alcoholics that don’t feel a little slighted by this…are you one drink away from e-mailing a teenager? Of course not.

    This kind of behavior should not be tolerated and I wonder if a group like AA or a gay activism group could sue for defamation?

    Also, anyone else wonder what the next excuse will be? We’re up to Catholic Priests on the list…

    ...If I had to guess I’d go with Bill Clinton.

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    By linda shelton, October 28, 2006 at 8:54 am Link to this comment
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    orientation? why else are the pages in washington d.c. except to get to know the congress members?
    has anyone even considered that the parents of these pages bare some of the blame for subjecting these children to such a world?

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    By Margaret Currey, October 27, 2006 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment
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    I would say what is the Republician party doing, I believe they went to the concertative “bible says, those who are gay are not going to go to heaven”, something like that.  Now that they were so called elected into office, all kinds of double sandards occur.  If lighting were to stike or someone turning into a pillor of salt they would get their just deserts.

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