Oct 26 2006
Folks, I am absolutely wiped out and heading to an early bedtime – but I will point out some interesting news on the Mark Foley email front, which I hope to expand on tomorrow. Clarice Feldman has posted at AT that the mystery blog which posted the mock ups of the emails that launched the Foley discussions with the House leadership last fall (the emails were leaked sometime between Oct 17 and Nov 30, 2005, and CREW and ABC had the actual, partially redacted originals in May and August of this year) was associated with someone at Human Right Campaign (HRC). Yep, the blog and HRC are now formally connected. I don’t have the energy to dig up my earlier post on this, but Jeff Trandahl, House Clerk and one of two gay staffers who knew for a long time about Foley – and had access to the redacted emails that ended up in the hands of Democrat operatives – was a leader of HRC. Jeff Trandahl left his House Clerk position right around the time the emails where leaked to the Democrats, who not only shopped them to the media, but passed them around to Democrat donors. The emails also ended up in the hands of Foley’s Democrat challenger’s campaign in the early spring (my guess is this is the April timeframe the FBI claims CREW knew about the emails). So we now have a direct connection from Trandahl, to the time frame of the leak, to the site that first posted the emails – and that link is HRC.
Good work Clarice. The blogosphere should be able to close this mystery quite soon. Trandahl and Fordham seemed to have both tired of covering for Foley (both being gay and not wanting the stigma of child predator to stick to them) and may have done something very stupid – like try to get Foley away from Pages by giving the scandalous information to the Democrats and his opponent. It would be an interesting way of removing Foley from access to the Pages since Trandahl and Fordham had bothed moved on to positions where they could no longer control him. And the media played the useful idiots – as usual.