Okay, the net seems to be smoking today. First, FloppingAces.net has a good rundown on the Foley Email issue and StopOctoberSurprises.com website outing of HRC. Then today around 1:00 p.m.(eastern) a comment to StopOctoberSurprises.com morning post appeared. The morning post stated:
“Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Open letter to Joe Solmonese:
It is your responsibility to rid the HRC of the SSP gang. It is important for you to do so; doing nothing is connivance.
When I started this pursuit (or stumbled in), I knew nothing of the HRC or its mission. I am now thoroughly aware of how many people rely on the HRC to forward the rights of the LGBT community. Underhanded tactics of a few not only tarnish the organization but also its mission.
If you do not act, I will. Friday is your deadline or I name names.
Update: So who's calling? The MSM (main stream media), that's who.
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Around 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) the post had two comments. One of which stated:
“Brad Luna said...
“The email exchanges in question between former Congressman Mark Foley and a House page have been in the possession of bloggers and media outlets for some time now. Yesterday, it came to our attention that an HRC employee, hired just last month to work for us in Michigan, was responsible for initially posting these emails on his blog. We investigated the matter, determined that HRC resources had been inappropriately used, and let him go. No one at the Human Rights Campaign, other than this individual, had any knowledge of his activities,” said Brad Luna, Spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign.”
Around 1:30 p.m. the post and comments disappeared and a new post was published. The new post contained the statement by Brad Luna, HRC Director of Media Relations and a note that Luna had confirmed that it was from his office.
The plot started with a Louisiana page and has now thickened into a Louisiana gumbo. The statement from Luna offers that the staffer worked in Michigan and was only on the HRC staff for a month - this would be after the StopSexPredators.com surfaced. However, StopOctoberSurprises.com has suggested that it was a group of people - “SSP Group”. Does HRC just have some renegade on its staff who was pushing “his” own agenda or is the “SSP Group” comprised of several people on the HRC staff and the statement by Luna is misleading?
Whether a single person or a group - Was this done solely for the purpose of outing Mark Foley or were there more insidious motives to embroil Congressman Rodney Alexander and maybe even the Republican leadership as a whole? The person who initially provided the press with the emails to the Louisiana page has been described by the press as a Democratic Operative - Is this the HRC staff member the same person or connected to that person? There are a lot of questions which need to be answered, but will the MSM followup on it or will it be left to the blogosphere to pursue it? Stay tuned - it is bound to get even more interesting. If there is one thing that can be said about politics - "It ain't boring."
--UPDATE: The MSM has finally taken a cursory look at the Outing of HRC
Drudge has a link
However, they need to dig some more. Who is this masked man, when did he get the emails, from whom did he get the emails, why did he reveal the emails in the manner in which he did, who else had he provided with copies of the emails and did he know about the IM's? Keep digging.