Pelosi Dismisses Alcoholism, Abuse as Foley Excuses

By Erica Anderson

Oct 5, 2006 1:41pm

ABC’s Teddy Davis reports: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) argued at Georgetown University today that the situation surrounding former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) isn’t about "whether a law was broken, this is a question of the highest ethical standard."

Pelosi said the House Ethics Committee "has a responsibility to make judgments on the performance of the leadership or anyone who has a responsibility here."

Pelosi, who is often maligned by her opponents as the type of San Francisco liberal prone to explaining away wrong behavior, said today that there is "no excuse" for what Foley did: "Not alcoholism, not any childhood history."

"In fact a childhood history should speak to being more protective of children than less protective," she added.

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