December 7th, 2007
04:31 PM ET
14 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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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. jw. canadian,ok

    Could we please have some indicments? People need to be proscuted and put in jail. What the fuse is going on?

    December 7, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Re-purv-ican, Washington D.C.

    Did Foley put them up to this? :-O

    December 7, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Ryan, New Jersey

    ZOMG! Young men and women having sex and experimenting! CALL A HEARING NOW!!

    December 7, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Steve, Lyons, CO

    Re: Horny pages:
    No members of Congress were involved, Brown-Waite said.

    Um, yeah, sure, WE believe you. No Congresspeople knew.

    The way the same Republican congresspeople didn't know about Gary the page molestor. Mm, hmm. Sure thing.

    December 7, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Bob, Roxboro, NC

    So,,an apprentice program for congressional pages to help them slide right into a life in politics.

    Capital idea! (pun intended)

    Maybe this way they will be making stupid political moves right from the very first day in office.

    December 7, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Joel, Columbus OH

    LOL, no one needs to go to jail, who cares about 2 kids, there are bigger issues to deal with.

    December 7, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Angel, Los Angeles of Anaheim

    Can we see the video on YouTube?
    Just for purposes of verifying that it did happen, of course.

    December 7, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Sam

    Haha, good for them

    December 7, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Lead by example

    What is that they say? The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

    December 7, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Hmmm ... illicit sex and stealing. Looks like those pages are learning fast from being around all those Republican Congresspersons......

    December 7, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Diane, NYC, NY

    Hmm, I wonder where they got the idea that having oral sex on Government property is a perfectly acceptable thing to do??

    And people want to bring Bill Clinton back to the White House. How much lower can he teach us to go?

    December 7, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    The Capital of the world? These conservative and formal settings seem to create impulsive, overly competitive, sociopaths. Staying bottled up and proper all the time, these kids explode, when given an opportunity. You see it in the upper classes because they've never been able to go "a little bit wild." I've had some girlfriends that were sheltered from the real world, by mommy and daddy , and never allowed to "sow their oats", so at eighteen their over-sexed, with no inhibitions. Worked out great for me.

    December 7, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Rick, Bryan Texas

    This reminds me of the last days of the Roman empire. Does anyone know if Bush plays a fiddle?

    December 7, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Yeah, what a surprise with such great role models like Craig, Vitter, Foley etc., etc., ect.

    Who do these pages think they are, Republican Congressmen?

    December 7, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. JK Ashburn, VA

    kids just following their leaders. Reading about members of Congress (both parties) reminds me of stories of Rome during its heyday where they did whatever they wanted and had complete contempt for all around them. Moral leadership? Not from those clowns.

    December 7, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. pam Eugene, OR

    Look at who their examples are and then don't even pretend to be surprised. Look on both sides of the aisles.

    December 7, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. JohnGalt Sturgis, SD

    Lazy-Irresponsibility of law makers & law breakers in US government is typical. This news isn't surprising...what do US citizens expect. There are drug addicts, alchoholics, liars.....walking the halls of Congress & the White House. Again, what do Americans expect.

    December 7, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    at least they were doing each other as opposed to a senator or congressman taking advantage of these hormonealy active kids..... yeah, like larry craig is normal and these kids have just gone astray on the life path.

    December 7, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. TBS, Northridge, California

    The lawmakers are 100% correct. Wild sex and thievery should be only be practiced by the members of Congress, not the pages.

    December 7, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. Kay, Las Vegas NV

    What's sad is that they even have to qualify it with "no members of Congress were involved"...

    December 7, 2007 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. PW VA

    Now I wonder what staid lawmaker on the Hill they could have possibly modeled themselves after? Hmmmmm...

    December 7, 2007 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Darrel Lone Rock Iowal

    Slick Willie taught them the trade!!

    December 7, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. ED winterpark fl

    Looks like we have a crop of future republican politicians. The pages must be attending republican seminars probably coached by wide stance Craig.

    December 7, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. pam Eugene OR

    Just take a look at there examples (role models)What would you expect. What is criminal is that this went on for two years. Shame on the grown ups!

    December 7, 2007 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. drop,la.

    Drop the Page program for 5 years. Then you might be able to fix it! Start from scratch.

    December 7, 2007 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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