Forty teens serve as messengers and pages at the Capitol for a week for each of the nine weeks in the legislative session. They are easily recognizable in their blue blazers.
Mark Foley’s name has never come up in conjunction with the messengers or pages. Unlike Washington, these kids are strictly supervised.
Towsen Fraser, House Spokesman, said, “The older kids do go out throughout the building, but they check in, they check out. We make sure we know where they are at all times. [I'm] not saying it couldn’t happen here. I’m saying that we try and do the best we can to make sure we monitor the kids and keep ‘em safe.”
Senate employees remember the former senator for throwing an end of the session party for staffers and little else. The latest scandal has prompted a review of how the page and messenger program is run.
Even Gov. Jeb Bush says it is prudent to take another look at the program.
Gov. Jeb Bush said, “This is a vivid reminder that there are some wackos out there, that we need to protect children.”
The names of former messengers that were here while Foley served in the Legislature include now Congressman Adam Putnam. If Foley made advances while he was here, it’s only a matter of time before someone comes forward.