Bush feared catching teh gay from Foley?

Perhaps George Bush is afraid of cooties. Or something. That's one possible explanation for why he kept his distance from newly-unemployed Rep. Mark Foley:

Disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley complained to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush two years ago that the White House snubbed him during presidential visits to the state, according to e-mails obtained by the Palm Beach Post.

In e-mails the newspaper excerpted on its Web site on Thursday, Foley asked the governor to intervene on his behalf with his brother, President George W. Bush.

"Have I done something to offend the White House? ... I am always getting the shaft," Foley wrote to Gov. Bush on Sept. 29, 2004.

The Republican former congressman said in that message he had not been allowed to accompany the president on post-hurricane visits to Foley's district in Florida, although other local lawmakers had been invited.

"I can't quite figure what I have done, but this is a continuing pattern of slights. ... I have constantly put the president in the best possible light," Foley wrote to the governor.

The governor responded, "I will try to help. I know it is nothing you have done."

I would give up my lunch money for the next six months to read a transcript of a subsequent conversation on Foley between Jeb and George.

Of course, George W. couldn't avoid Foley forever...though it took the worst natural disaster in American history to finally bring them together.

Fear of cooties overcome, apparently.

Note: Couldn't help snickering at the "getting the shaft" remark, couldja? Jeez, you are so juvenile.


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