Feds probe trip that Kolbe made with pages
NBC exclusive: Congressman alleged to have been inappropriate in '96
Is there no end in sight?
Of course there isn’t. As long as a Republican is involved, the media feeding frenzy will go on.
What will we see next? Will there be investigations of school field trips with gay teachers?
Of course not, don’t be a ninny. Teachers are Democrats.
In the “NBC exclusive” – wow, doesn’t that make it sound significant and dramatic? – the subheadline is “Congressman alleged to have been inappropriate in '96.”
In the body of the article that allegation is made by one anonymous participant, who said he was uncomfortable with the attention Kolbe paid to one of the former pages. He was "creeped out by it," he said, adding that there was a lot of "fawning, petting and touching" on the teenager's arms, shoulders and back by Kolbe.
However, Gary Cummins, the deputy superintendent of the Grand Canyon National Park at the time — and who also was on the trip — said he did not see anything inappropriate take place. National Park Service employees also were on the three-day trip, along with several Kolbe staffers and the congressman's sister.
NBC also interviewed the two former pages, who are now in their late 20s. One of them said that Kolbe was a gentleman and never acted in an improper fashion. He recalled that the pair spent time in Kolbe's house at one point — and briefly were alone with him on the trip — and that Kolbe always acted professionally and decently.
The former page — who is the one to whom Kolbe allegedly paid special attention — said he had a "blast" on the trip and did not report anything improper to his parents or any House officials after the trip. He said he has a favorable impression of the page program to this day and likes Kolbe.
NBC, change your headline:
“Congressman alleged to have been appropriate in '96”
If the Congressman were a Republican, that wouldn’t be news, but it would be big news if it were a Democrat.
Bill Clinton, James McGreevey, Gary Condit, the late Gerry Studds, Barney Frank, Ted Kennedy, and any Kennedy relatives who have served or are serving in office – isn’t that right?
I wonder what the gay community feels about the eagerness of the Democrats to score cheap political points by linking any contact between gay Republicans and pages with pedophilia?
There are a lot more gay teachers having a lot closer contact with students than there are gay Republican congressmen with pages. Added to that, the pages are under much greater supervision and tighter control than students. In fact, the gay teachers are often responsible for the supervision and control of students.
When will the media attention on “inappropriate” behavior fall on gay teachers?
Oh, how silly of me!
Teachers are Democrats.