Child welfare advocate and candidate chastises Florida lawmaker

9:45 AM, Oct 2, 2006   |    comments
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Democrat Patty Wetterling says any members of Congress who knew about inappropriate contact between Representative Mark Foley and teenage pages and did nothing should resign. Wetterling says she is "appalled" by Foley's behavior. Foley headed a caucus for missing and exploited children. The Republican from Florida resigned Friday after reports that he sent sexually explicit electronic messages to boys working as pages. Wetterling is running for Congress in Minnesota's Sixth District. She became an advocate for child safety after her eleven-year-old son Jacob disappeared 17 years ago. She says she had met Foley many times at events for missing and exploited children. She says she wants an independent investigation of Foley's contact with pages and better oversight of the page program.

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