It's Time for Rep. Foley to Touch Children... In a Positive Way

05/25/2011 11:55 am ET

In the midst of a growing controversy over inappropriate emails to a 16-year-old, male page, Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned today after ABC News obtained excerpts of instant messages in which Rep. Foley made "repeated references to sexual organs and acts." Ironically (or maybe not,) Rep. Foley was the chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children.

"I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent," Rep. Foley said in a statement.

Hmm. Well, if he really is "deeply sorry," I've got a suggestion for how he can show it.

Rep. Foley is currently sitting on a $2.8 million war chest, much of it left over from a dashed US Senate bid. Typically, that money might go to the NRCC's campaign coffers, to help elect other Republicans.

But if Rep. Foley really wants to show some contrition, he should donate it all to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

We all have personal failings of one sort or another. At least this way Rep. Foley might achieve some good out of his. So send him an email and encourage Rep. Foley to do the right thing. For the kids.

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