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Why does Virginia Foxx love Roger Clemens?

 It may have been Valentine's Day Eve, but Congresswoman Virginia Foxx was apparently dishing out the love to baseball pitcher and accused steroid and HGH abuser Roger Clemens yesterday.

Here's her take on yesterday's congressional circus/hearing according to USA Today:

I thought Mr. Clemens made a very credible presentation here today," said Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. "I have no reason to doubt him."

While Foxx also questioned the whole tenor of the event by saying that the Committee was playing "gotcha' games" with Clemens, she then went to the trouble of presenting a giant poster with pictures of Clemens throughout his career in an effort to show that he had not changed physically. Did tax dollars pay for this? Clemens' lawyers?

While Foxx may have a point in questioning the need for a congressional hearing on this topic at a time in which Congress has plenty to do, she may also want to have her staff dig a little deeper before she starts spouting off about Clemens' innocence. Almost all of the sports journalists who cover baseball and Clemens seem to be convinced that The Rocket is blowing smoke. And you have to say that his stories about his best friend "misremembering" things in a sworn affidavit and his trainer injecting his wife with HGH (but not him) strain the limits of credulity.  

Here's Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated:

Congressional members are clearly split on the issue (most of which broke according to party lines), which was evident in their line of questioning, some of which led you to believe several had chosen sides before they even walked into the room. Some were so out of line that chairman Henry Waxman felt obligated to issue an apology to McNamee. And did you catch Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) at the conclusion of the hearing? One minute she's asking questions, the next she's holding the arm of Clemens and then giving Debbie Clemens a hug. Ugh."

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