we condone nothing
Gay or straight, Democrat or Republican, it is completely inexcusable for an adult to have this kind of communication with a minor. Congressman Foley brought shame on himself and this Congress by his horrible behavior and complete lack of judgment. We strongly condemn his behavior.
The [Human] rights campaign’s spokesman, David Smith, said the employee, whose name he declined to disclose, was a junior staff member hired last month to help mobilize the organization’s members in Michigan. “The minute we learned about it we took decisive action,” Mr. Smith said.
We condemn Foley’s behavior.. we fire the employee that brought the behavior to light. Yep, I think that’s all the bases covered.
Edit: Note that he was fired for inappropriate use of work resources. That would be the blanket term companies can use to axe someone for blogging on “company time”. Not that any of us do that, right?