Mad Props to AttaTurk (rising-hegemon.blogspot.com) for linking the following RawStory:
Congresswoman on page board buried file on husband's child abuse allegation
Published: Thursday October 19, 2006
A file naming the husband of Congresscritter Heather Wilson (R-NM) in charges of "inappropriately touching a minor (boy)," which allegedly was suppressed by Congresswoman Wilson when she was a State official almost a decade ago, has been obtained by RAW STORY.
In 1995, just three days into her tenure as Secretary of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Wilson removed from NMCYF Department records a routine working file alleging that Wilson's husband had engaged in inappropriate contact with a minor. The file was then transferred to the department's attorney in Wilson's own Albuquerque office, where, mysteriously, it soon went missing.
At the time, a local investigative newsteam learned about the swap, but could not confirm certain details of the file.They were not able to recover the document itself.
More than ten years later, RAWSTORY has uncovered and confirmed the authenticity of the police incident report believed to have been included in the missing dossier. Filed as a case of child abuse in 1993, it contends that Wilson's husband Jay Hone, an Albuquerque attorney, touched a then-16 year old boy "in a manner that was not welcome."
Charges were never filed against her husband, but Wilson's handling of the affair drew the ire of Bob Schwartz who at the time served as district attorney in Bernalillo County. He described Wilson's actions to the news team as"absolutely inappropriate," citing her "obvious conflict of interest." He also admonished Wilson for not following official procedure for the removal of official documents. "If this file is behind Secretary Wilson's desk," Schwartzsaid, "then she shouldn't be behind this desk anymore. She should resign."
Wilson originally denied removing the file to the news team. Footage from that investigation had been available on the internet site YouTube asrecently as several days ago, but has since been removed by the site overconcerns regarding copyright infringment.
In that video, also uncovered by RAWSTORY, Wilson is seen flatly denying ordering the removal of the document. The Congresswoman ultimately admitted to doing so in a press conference just days later.
Six years after the incident, in 2001, Wilson began a three year term on the House Page Board, where she sat while rumors of Mark Foley's inappropriate behavior with underage men were reportedly widespread. Her campaign staff told the Albuquerque Tribune that she only became aware of the Congressman's behavior after an ABC News report on the matter prompted him to resign.
Wilson also currently serves on the Congressional Missing and ExploitedChildren's caucus, from which disgraced ex-Congressman Foley was forced to resign when he recently quit Congress in the wake of the scandal.
RAW STORY spoke with members of Wilson's legislative and campaign staffs, but neither office was able to providecomment before press time.
Wilson is in the race of her career against Democratic opponent Patricia Madrid, the incumbent NM Atorney General, a race that has been characterized as 'too close to call' by many observers. The effects of this revelation are difficult to ascertain immediately, but the taint of the Foley "affair" has been toxic to other candidates tarred by that brush.