Congressional page scandal
Near the last Congressional election, news got out that a homosexual Republican with a drinking problem had messaged young men in the page program,
talking about sex. It never went beyond messages, but it still proved to be a scandal that exit polls indicated hurt the Republicans. Some
conservative commentators pointed out that some Democrats had this information and held it for some months before disclosure, so that it would have
greater effect on the election.
Now, as majority party, the Democrats have most control and supervision of the pages. Two Republicans have now quit the supervisory board in protest,
because the Democrats have not been supervising the pages closely enough, and have tried to cover up when there are problems.
1-There was an occasion on which a female page was giving oral sex to a male page, while other pages watched them and also watched the door.
2-Two pages have been caught shoplifting.
As I understand it, the resignations were not so much because of the bad conduct of the pages, but because the person who was supposed to supervise
the pages outside their working hours was concealing the problem conduct.
This is an unhappy situation indeed. The page jobs are considered plums, jobs for which teenagers compete (for the experience of seeing how Congress
operates), requiring letters of recommendation. The Republicans said, under present conditions, they would not want teenagers of their own families
to be pages, since they were allowed to "run wild" when not working.