Sunday, October 01, 2006

UMM Help me out here.

ABC News:

Republican staff member warned congressional pages five years ago to watch out for Congressman Mark Foley, according to a former page.

Matthew Loraditch, a page in the 2001-2002 class, told ABC News he and other pages were warned about Foley by a supervisor in the House Clerk's office.
The New York Times:
Matthew Loraditch...said a supervisor had once casually mentioned that Mr. Foley "was odd"...

But Mr. Loraditch said he was never warned by program supervisors to stay away from him. "He was friendly," said Mr. Loraditch.
Am I missing something?

UPDATE: The explanation appears to be that Loraditch changed his story:

Firstly, as to the ABC "Warned" story, while I may have inadvertently used the word, "warned," in communication, I can assure you it was not intended. The fact of the matter is in an informal situation a supervisor mentioned that Foley was a bit odd or flaky and did not connote by tone or otherwise that he should be avoided.
So either Loraditch originally inflated his story to get into the news and then fessed up; or he told ABC the truth and then had second thoughts about dragging the unnamed "supervisor" into the story.

Take your pick.

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