One of the many issues mixed up in the Foley scandal is the issue of being out. As much as I think Foley was behaving like a disturbed sexual predator towards his teenage charges, I also know that being in the closet can really mess with people's heads. This isn't an excuse-- far from it-- but pretending that you're someone else that you're not for, oh, I don't know, a few decades or so isn't exactly healthy. Not to mention making your living by being a member of a party that regularly uses Fear of Gayness as a GOTV strategy. I still think Foley (and anyone else who knew) should be held 100% accoutable for his actions, although that being said I think his case says something about what can happen when someone's life is confined by the secrecy and shame of the closet.
I am out, I have been for nearly 10 years, and I can say with certainty that being out of the closet is far, far better than being in.