Well, you could have second thoughts about it, but I think had they overly aggressively reacted to the initial round, they would also have been accused of gay bashing. I mean, the original notes had no sexual innuendo and the parents did not want any action taken.
The Republicans, who sought a Constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage, were afraid to be seen as anti-gay, so they let a potential pederast continue to chair the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children.
Obviously the Democrats are all over this like sharks to blood in the water, but the Republican damage control (dilute! or point back!) is getting ridiculous.