Friday, October 27, 2006

John Kolbe In Trouble

It appears that former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl told the ethics committee that John Kolbe was a problem.

A source close to former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl told ABC News that Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) was one of a small number of "problem members" of Congress who page program supervisors complained spent too much time socializing with pages, taking them to dinner or sporting events outside of official duties.

Mark Foley was also on the list.

The source said Trandahl frequently cautioned both congressmen that "adults should hang out with adults, pages should hang out with pages," a message Trandahl also conveyed to pages during their orientation.

Kolbe is the only openly gay Republican in the House. Kolbe is also under investigation by the U.S. Attorney in Phoenix. Kolbe took two former pages on a camping trip. An adult was offended by Kolbe's "fawning, petting and touching."

"I know there are a number of inquiries underway, and we're cooperating fully with all those inquiries," said Kolbe.

Somehow I seriously doubt it.


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