According to the NY Times, Rep. Mark Foley (R-Florida) resigned Friday "after being confronted with a series of sexually explicit Internet messages he is reported to have sent to under-age Congressional pages."
Republican House leaders denounced Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) after she called for an investigation into the matter.
What, Ken Starr is busy or something?
[Update 2006-10-01 11:54 EDT]:
It now looks like the Reps aren't going to be able to wish this one away. Today's NY Times has a story talking about how "[t]op House Republicans knew for months about e-mail traffic between Representative Mark Foley and a former teenage page, but kept the matter secret and allowed Mr. Foley to remain head of a Congressional caucus on children's issues …"
The new GOP plan appears to be that a couple of Reps will join in the call for the investigation, while the others will spin the idea that the email messages that they knew about "… were much less explicit than the others …"
Well, less explicit, perhaps. But still mighty creepy. Here's an excerpt of one that they did know about, sent to boy in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina:
"How are you weathering the hurricane. . .are you safe. . .send me a pic of you as well."