October 3, 2006, - 3:34 pm

Mel Reynolds: Worse Than Mark Foley, Pardoned by Clinton

By Debbie Schlussel
Since the Mark Foley scandal broke, I’ve been getting a torrent of e-mails from readers who cite Rep. Mel Reynolds as a contrast in the way Democrats and Republicans treat their child molesters.
No, my dear readers, I did not forget Congressman Reyolds. I wrote about him in early 2001.
Reynolds was a liberal Democrat Congressman who actually did what Mark Foley–as far as we know–only talked about. The difference is that Mel Reynolds’ “affair” with an underaged girl got him a Presidential pardon and a job with Jesse Jackson.

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Congressman Mel Reynolds: Clinton Pardoned Dems’ Mark Foley

From my 2001 column:

While he represented inner-city Chicago, Reynolds was a good friend of the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan. They were such close friends that Reynolds had no problem spouting some of Farrakhan’s various anti-Semitic incantations against Jews while in office.
But all of this vicious hate couldn’t help Reynolds when he helped himself to regular illegal sexual relations with a 16-year-old “campaign worker,” Beverly T. Heard. A tape of an explicit June 6, 1994, phone conversation between Heard and Reynolds was exhibit number TR-1 in People v. Melvin Reynolds, a trial that ended in Reynolds’ conviction. Reynolds was sentenced to several years in federal prison for this and fraud and corruption convictions; his wife and three children went on welfare in Boston.
A sampling of Reynolds’ phone conversation rivals the lurid detail of Clinton’s lewd behavior in the Starr Report. Various underwear choices and sex acts are graphically described by Reynolds to his youthful female target. This includes a planned threesome with a 15-year-old Catholic schoolgirl named Theresa. Awestruck with the prospect, Reynolds rhetorically asks, “Did I win the Lotto?” It’s enough to make Reynolds’ pardoner, Monica’s boyfriend, blush.
And not only was Reynolds pardoned by Clinton, but he was hired by Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Operation PUSH to decrease the number of young blacks going to prison. Given its new employee — teen “romance” king Reynolds — it’s ironic that Jackson founded PUSH to persuade minority students to avoid, among other things, teen-age pregnancy. Until Clinton’s pardon, Reynolds, like any other convicted child molester, was required to register as a sex offender in each place he lived.

No-one’s saying Mark Foley should not have resigned. He’s a disgrace, and it’s good he’s gone. But let’s have some fair play here. What’s good for the Goose is good for the . . . Democrats.

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10 Responses

What’s good for the Goose is never good for . . . Democrats. Hypocrisy, thy name is Liberal.

FreethinkerNY on October 3, 2006 at 5:11 pm

As you pointed out Deb, all this howling about ethics from the Democrats is ridculous –just look at these cited monuments of their hypocrisy. I appreciate you clearly documenting just how corrupt they are—and worse yet, how they can only succeed with the COMPLICITY OF THE MAINSTREAM “DRIVE BY MEDIA.” hmmm.
Would to G-d that when these sleaze balls like Mr. Fwank make the rounds on the talk show circuit to speak for some gay rights issue or to lead the attack against basic moral traditional persons/values–that some ethical reporter would point these outrages out!!
Learn from this you phoney liars—WE ARE OUTING OUR HYPOCRITES AND CALLING THEM TO ACCOUNT–AND YOU?? WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR MR STUDDS, MR. FWANK, MR. REYNOLDS, and the
G-dfather of sleaze BJ CLINTON ETC.????? Oh yeah, I forgot these sick bastards get promotions within your ranks to LEAD SPOKESMAN for your sicko agenda. We are on to you!

BB on October 3, 2006 at 8:34 pm

Well, it has come out this am that a New York guy has billed the taxpayers for his phone sex, see Lucianne.com for story. I want to see this come out tonight on the msm, but it won’t, these dems are the main sleeze, and I ain’t excusing foley, glad his ass is gone, but I will not forget barney, running a prostitution ring outta my apt., reynolds, and ALL THE OTHER things the dems do and are still doing, they’re the party who wants PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION, so they need to shut up about Hastert or ALL THEIR DIRTY LINEN will come back and bit em in the ugly butt of their party.

drewsmom on October 4, 2006 at 7:52 am

Just heard on a local talk radio program here in Alabama, well a reporter from another state called in and stated a MAJOR DEM has been sitting on this foley outrage and its gonna come out soon, before the elections. She was questioned throughly by the host and she is legit reporter and, we shall see.

drewsmom on October 4, 2006 at 9:23 am

Clinton never pardoned Reynolds. He commuted his sentence. Reynolds had actually served his time for the sex crime and was in jail for the financial matters that got him in trouble. Try some facts next time, Debbie.

Herbert92X on October 4, 2006 at 10:49 am

Hey Herbert 92X (Q-like in Herbie doesn’t like to make toys?)– your comment here is silly–what is the practical difference between a getting a sentence commuted and being pardoned–
Your homey Reynolds did the crime and he got off on the pusnishment thanks to BJ Clinton.
Duh. Facts you ask for?–give me a break!

BB on October 5, 2006 at 9:12 am

BB, the practical difference is that a commutation, which Reynolds received, does not nullify the crime. He had to register as a sex offender.
http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/
If we don’t fact-check our own articles, we lose credibility with those we are trying to educate or influence.

LilMissIndie on October 6, 2006 at 2:12 pm

I despise these biased SOBs as much as the next fella but let’s get the facts straight:
this is the NYT’s correction of a misstatement:

Mr. Clinton commuted Mr. Reynolds’s sentence for bank fraud; he did not pardon him for corruption and having sex with an underage campaign worker.

tina on October 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm

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