December 7th, 2007
04:31 PM ET
15 years ago

Lawmakers upset over reports of sex, shoplifting by pages

The House page program came under scrutiny after the Mark Foley scandal last year.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A lawmaker who resigned from the board that oversees Capitol Hill pages said one parent suggested lax supervision led to "kids gone wild."

Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Florida, Friday said she resigned because she was angered to learn that two pages had oral sex in public areas of the their Capitol Hill dorm. The pages were dismissed from the program, but Brown-Waite said the incident is an example of lax supervision of the teens.

"It wasn't kissing and hugging - let me put it that way," Brown-Waite said. "It did go beyond that, there were not only a young male and female involved, but there were also observers and other page participants who were, let's say, enablers."

"This had been going on for months," she said. "Almost all of the pages knew about it."

No members of Congress were involved, Brown-Waite said.

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  1. Joe, Boston, MA

    This happened in their dorm! What are we now going to put cameras in each dorm room? Give me a break.

    They are teenagers in a dorm like college....things happen. Horney kids will be horney kids. Unless someone was pressured or forced to do something then let it go. There were no congressmen in their rooms.

    They were teenagers with teenagers. Big surprise sex is going on in their rooms.

    December 7, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. Darrel @Lone Rock Iowa

    Your newS should state INCOMPETENT LAWMAKERS can't get a handle on Oral Sex in the in the Hall of the Dorm.

    When The President of the United States sets a bad example/ Who's to blame them.

    Morality in the Country is sad and discusting. What next?? What kind of parents did these people have?

    December 7, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Apollo F, Seattle, WA

    Not just the interns, but what about the staff members?

    Where is the outrage over Senator Cantwell's aide who tried to set up a meeting for sex with a 14-yr. old?

    December 7, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. Kay, New York, NY

    Sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and cronies of our elected officials.

    Should we really be surprised?


    December 7, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  5. Rich smith Chicago IL

    Sounds like these two pages are ready to run for political office-they're acting like their adult counterparts in Congress-go for it!

    December 7, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  6. josh

    Not suprising from the future political leaders of our country.

    December 7, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  7. John Z., Mt. Pleasant, IA

    I'm shocked that teenagers in a dorm together would have sex! Shocked!

    December 8, 2007 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  8. Jeremy (Pascagoula, MS)

    It's hilarious that politicians can't find the root of the problem when it's right under their noses...or, like in Bill Clinton's case, right under their desks.

    It would be nice if those that represent our interests in our nation's capital could learn how to be good examples. However, wishing that politicians would act like decent human beings is like wishing for world peace. It just ain't gonna happen. I guess the best way to look at it is to consider just how lucky we Americans are. We have entertaining stories from sea to shining sea. There's that clever cult out in Holywood that thinks we all need to get in touch with our inner alien (see: Tom Cruise), and in Washington the leaders of the free world can't keep their pants up (see: The Person You Voted For).

    December 8, 2007 01:10 am at 1:10 am |

    Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Florida, Friday said she resigned because she was angered to learn that two pages had oral sex in public areas of the their Capitol Hill dorm.

    SHE RESIGNS BECAUSE OF WHAT SOMEONE ELSE DID? Isn't this the woman who got Mark Foley canned for trying to gain access to the pages' dorm, and for inappropriate E-Mails?

    "It wasn't kissing and hugging — let me put it that way," Brown-Waite said. "This had been going on for months".

    Sounds very Presidential to me. Who said the young people aren't influenced by what they see our leaders do? Thank you Bill!

    December 8, 2007 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  10. Jeremy, Colorado Springs CO

    A bunch of teenagers living in close quarters hundreds of miles from their parents are having sex – who could have foreseen such things happening?

    December 8, 2007 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  11. Mary, Omaha

    I heard Bill wanted to be a page if Hilary wins. Do we want this "family" in the white house again?"

    December 8, 2007 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  12. Norma, GA

    What do we expect from our teens? They had Bill Clinton as their acceptable example while growing up.

    December 8, 2007 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  13. Cindy, MN

    This would probably become an acceptable practice if the Clintons go back to the white house

    December 8, 2007 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  14. Frank, Germany

    Wait... does this say that Republicans voted that back with Foley "no House rules were broken" and now dare to complain about consenting pages having sex?

    December 8, 2007 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  15. dk

    With the good examples they see on Capitol Hill what would anyone expect the pages to do? I have to question what parent would let their children go to Washington to serve in one of these positions? Oh, I get it, those rich ones who are looking for a way to get rid of those kids who are so in their way. I don't what's worse, the nannies, the private live in schools, or the page programs. Why do these people have children?

    December 8, 2007 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  16. Mike, Ohio

    Oh no! You mean to tell me those pages are the same as all the other kids around the country. Can't believe it. Sounds like there are orgies every night and shoplifting day trips two or three times a week. Where do you sign up?

    December 8, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Walt, Belton, TX

    Ah yes.............. They learned from the experts and they learned their lessons well! Congress must be so proud!!!!

    December 8, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |

    Too bad for CNN that they have stopped posting my comments. I wonder if someone's feelings got hurt?

    December 8, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Allen, Redlands CA

    I guess these young people have taken a "page" right out of the Republican handbook

    December 8, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Rayne W, Lexington KY

    So, during all these months that the sex and thievery were going on, what were Brown-Waite and the rest of the committee that was supposed to be overseeing the page program doing? These incidents have been happening for quite some time, why hasn't the committee done something about it? Or is it easier for a Republican member of Congress to do nothing and let these things build until it makes news and then blame Democrats for it?

    December 9, 2007 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  21. Kristy Sanborn, Buckhorn, Mo.

    These kids live on Capital Hill, and they see and they hear about a lot of things, who says they don't see some of the highup adults getting by with some things, that they don't think they will also?
    "kids gone wild" is just a lame excuse.
    I commend this lady, Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, for not only being fed up with the situation, but for expressing her 'why' she is.
    Unfortunately, I think the democrats will turn a deaf ear to her words.

    December 9, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Disgraced, Washington D.C.

    The Page Program is a very respectable program. Any individual in the program who does not realize the amazing opportunity that they are given is ignorant toward their future. Given the responsibility to live independently they should take responsibility for their actions. As a Congressional Page you should not need a babysitter to watch you at all times. The actions by these KIDS is not in any way a direct representation of the program.

    December 9, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Shane, San Diego, CA

    These kids are teenagers. I know I did much worse when I was that old.

    December 9, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. RightyTighty

    Now now, their just following the example of our ex-president.

    December 10, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Angel, Los Angeles of Anaheim

    I still want to know where the video is posted. Is it on YOUTUBVE? FACEBOOK? Come on, share with the rest of us.

    December 10, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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