WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even as Republican Congressional election candidates scrambled to distance themselves from the Mark Foley pedophilia sex scandal, the American Man-Boy Love Association (AMBLA) endorsed Republicans running in the November Congressional elections.
"Sure, we enthusiastically endorse all Republicans running for Congress," said AMBLA President Peter Prevert. "Like Florida Republican Mark Foley, Republicans in Congress have been members of AMBLA for years. There is a natural affinity there, I think."
He added, "So what if House Republican leaders had covered up the Florida lawmaker's sexually explicit e-mails to teenage male congressional pages as they had? We all knew about them for over a year. This is what AMBLA and the Republican Party stand for ..free Man-Boy Love."
Foley, 52, had abruptly resigned from the House of Representatives on September 29 after his emails were made known in the media.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened a preliminary probe into the Foley matter and already has "much good material" since its agents, like those of the CIA and senior officers of the Pentagon, are already members of AMBLA too.
Democrats across the USA are now using the Foley issue and its Republican cover-up to propound the idea that Republicans oversee "a culture of corruption'' in Congress and throughout the US government, and right into the White House itself.
Foley is the fourth Republican to resign from the House under a moral and ethical cloud in the past year, including former Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas and Bob Ney of Ohio, who left amidst charges against lobbyist Jack Abramoff of influence peddling, bribery, and general moral turpitude and degeneration.
Carl Foreskinny, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, called the new Democratic charges political grandstanding.' "What's wrong with spreading love around and what's wrong with AMBLA?'' he asked.
Bart Bartletter, one of President George W. Bush's top advisers, called the allegation of a cover-up by senior Republicans "exciting'' and said that President Bush and his aides were "well aware" of the matter as far back as 2004 "if not earlier."
Prevert added that "AMBLA's membership, like that of the Republican Party, is open to everyone sympathetic to personal freedom. Our mutual goal is to end the oppression of men and boys who have freely chosen 'mutually consensual' relationships."