Oct 15 2006
The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that the incident where a drunk Foley was found outside the Page dorms was known by two people, House Clerk Trandahl and Foley Chief of Staff Fordham. In fact, it appears that out of all the people who knew of a Foley incident, these two men knew of most if not all of them. And these two men are also gay and seem to have spend years covering for Foley’s predatory moments. The NY Times confirmed this blogger’s suspicions these two gay staffers made the terrible decision to cover for Foley, probably because they wanted to avoid gay men getting tagged with the horrible stereotype of also being child predators. Because a gay man is a child predators does not make all gays the same – but it does mean a child predator can easily be a gay man. So it is not hard to see that Trandahl and Fordham probably covered for Foley, keeping House leader’s blind to what was happening.
One night a few years ago, Rep. Mark Foley reportedly showed up at the dormitory for House pages, a brick building a few blocks from the Capitol. It’s unclear what Foley wanted, but staffers believed he was drunk and turned him away.
A day or two later, House Clerk Jeff Trandahl called Foley’s chief of staff, Kirk Fordham, and told him about the incident. Trandahl asked Fordham to speak with his boss about it.
Fordham, Foley’s top political adviser and chief of staff until late 2003, has said he was always wary about his employer’s contacts with younger men.
Foley was gay but did not want to reveal his sexuality because of political considerations. Yet he could be unusually bold on Capitol Hill. He invited gay friends to visit his office and was especially friendly with young male staffers.
Fordham said that bothered him. He said he was concerned people would see Foley with young men. The men appeared to be in their 20s, creating an impression that Fordham says he believed was inappropriate for a congressman who at the time was in his late 40s. Fordham repeatedly warned Foley to be careful about appearances, but the congressman did not heed the advice.
The same went for the attention he showered on underage pages.
About five years ago, long before the dorm incident, Fordham got a call from Trandahl, who said he was concerned about Foley’s contacts with pages. Trandahl asked Fordham to discuss it with Foley, and he did.
Some time later, Trandahl called again with the same request. Fordham has said the calls from Trandahl were prompted by Foley’s overly friendly behavior with the pages. Fordham has said he saw nothing to indicate Foley was making sexual advances toward the boys.
Fordham again talked with Foley about the behavior but, once again, Foley did not follow his advice.
Note that all these contacts are between Fordham and Trandahl. And from the NY Times we leanr Fordham tired of a ‘decade’ of covering for Foley and ‘broke’ with him to try and get him to stop. I think we know who leaked the emails between Oct 17 and Nov 30th, 2005 to Democrat operatives. It was Fordham at least. The question is how did he get the emails that were in Trandahl’s possession and probably redacted by Rod Alexander’s staff – the represtentative of the LA Page in the emails. A redaction that is common to both the CREW versions and ABC News versions of the documents. We are getting closer to solving this puzzle.