Can you trust this man?
Ten days ago, we reported on Jim Ryun’s claim that he didn’t know Mark “booked for pages” Foley, even though Foley lived across the street and the two had thrown a block party together. Ryun claimed the parties were totally independent, a claim easily disproven by the single invitation they sent out. Our calls to Ryun’s office seeking clarification went unanswered.
But he can’t ignore everyone, and now Ryun’s story on Foley changes:
Worried about winning a sixth term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun said this month he didn’t know until recently that he lived across the street from disgraced Rep. Mark Foley….
Then, when faced with questions about how that could be the case considering Ryun in May hosted a fundraiser alongside Foley on D Street in Washington, D.C., Ryun’s campaign said the events weren’t jointly planned.
However, neither of those statements was completely accurate, Ryun’s campaign admitted last week.
Jeffrey Black, campaign manager for Ryun, said the congressman always has known he lived across the street from Foley, who quit Congress after revelations he had been sending sexually explicit e‑mails to congressional pages.
He also acknowledged that they had jointly planned the block party, though denying that Ryun and Foley ever talked about it. Ever.
As for why the teetotaling evangelical threw a party with a confessed alcoholic and apparent pedophile, the Ryun camp explained “We’re in the business of raising money to get our message out.”
At least Ryun is honest about that. If you want a Congressman who sees his job differently, try Nancy Boyda.