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Foley resigns from Congress over e-mails
AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/29/06 | David Espo - ap

Posted on 09/29/2006 12:56:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record), R-Fla., resigned from Congress on Friday, effective immediately, in the wake of questions about e-mails he wrote a former male page.

"I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent," he said in a statement issued by his office.

The two-sentence statement did not refer to the e-mails and gave no reason for Foley's decision to abruptly abandon a flourishing career in Congress.

Foley, 52, had been a shoo-in for a new term until the e-mail correspondence surfaced in recent days.

His resignation comes less than six weeks before the elections. It was not clear how Republicans would fill his spot on the November ballot.

Campaign aides had previously acknowledged that the Republican congressman e-mailed the former Capitol page five times, but had said there was nothing inappropriate about the exchange. The page was 16 at the time of the e-mail correspondence.

It was not clear what prompted Foley to abruptly decide to give up a successful career in the House.

Foley, who represents an area around Palm Beach County, e-mailed the page in August 2005. The page had worked for Rep. Rodney Alexander (news, bio, voting record), R-La., and Foley asked him how he was doing after Hurricane Katrina and what he wanted for his birthday. The congressman also asked the boy to send a photo of himself, according to excerpts of the e-mails that were originally released by ABC News.

Foley's aides initially blamed Democratic rival Tim Mahoney and Democrats with attempting to smear the congressman before the election.

The e-mails were posted Friday on Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's Web site after ABC News reported their existence. The group asked the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to investigate the exchange Foley had with the boy, who served as a page for Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La.

"The House of Representatives has an obligation to protect the teenagers who come to Congress to learn about the legislative process," the group wrote, adding that the committee, "must investigate any allegation that a page has been subjected to sexual advances by members of the House."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: congress; emails; floriduh; homosexualagenda; markfoley; resigns
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1 posted on 09/29/2006 12:56:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Post number 15 of ? posted on this subject today.


2 posted on 09/29/2006 12:57:24 PM PDT by msnimje (Seriously, if it REALLY were a religion of PEACE, would they have to label it as such?)
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To: msnimje

First full ap article , hot off the keyboard of David Espo.

and certainly not the last one either. ;-)


3 posted on 09/29/2006 12:58:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Can Jeb run in his spot? He doesn't have to live in the district, does he?


4 posted on 09/29/2006 12:58:30 PM PDT by RexBeach (Will Rogers Never Met Bill Clinton.)
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To: RexBeach

Now that's a thought. ;-)

not sure what the legalities would be.


5 posted on 09/29/2006 12:59:11 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge

I remember when Mass. Dem Gary Studds was caught in a similar affair. He turned his back on Congress during the censure, and didn't have the decency to resign.


6 posted on 09/29/2006 12:59:47 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: NormsRevenge

So what all did this guy say?


7 posted on 09/29/2006 1:00:31 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: NormsRevenge

write in only i have heard???


8 posted on 09/29/2006 1:02:49 PM PDT by camas
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To: NormsRevenge
Has anyone else ever noticed how Republican politicians always resign in shame after they have done something shameful, and how Democrat politicians defiantly remain in office after they have done something shameful no matter what the cost to those around them?

Based upon this observation, the only conclusion I can come to is that Democrats have no shame.

9 posted on 09/29/2006 1:02:57 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I still don't get it, the little I have heard about the contents of the e-mails, I don't see anything damning.
What changed?


10 posted on 09/29/2006 1:03:59 PM PDT by jbwbubba
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To: NormsRevenge

The GOP! Working hard to give Congress back to the Commie 'RATS!!! I guess they didn't want it afterall.


11 posted on 09/29/2006 1:04:30 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (You can't defeat your enemy unless you are willing to get down in the mud with him.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wasn't there a Republican politician in Florida who had tried to dodge accusations that he was gay?

Not being from the area, all Congress critters start to look the same after awhile.


12 posted on 09/29/2006 1:04:44 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: NormsRevenge

Sexually Explicit... drudge has siren still flashing with some more info...


13 posted on 09/29/2006 1:05:20 PM PDT by dubie
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

ever noticed how Republican politicians always resign in shame after they have done something shameful

Democrat politicians defiantly remain in office after they have done something shameful

the only conclusion I can come to is that Democrats have no shame.

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BumP that conclusion.


14 posted on 09/29/2006 1:05:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: jbwbubba

Maybe they found one from Barney Frank asking him "how much for the leetle boy?".


15 posted on 09/29/2006 1:05:29 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: P-40

I read that:

Hours earlier, ABC News had read excerpts of instant messages provided by former pages who said the congressman, under the AOL Instant Messenger screen name Maf54, made repeated references to sexual organs and acts.


16 posted on 09/29/2006 1:05:35 PM PDT by trashcanbred (Anti-social and anti-socialist)
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To: theDentist

Gary Studds did not resign and he ran again and was elected by the nutty people of Cape Cod. Democrat Studds supposedly took male pages to his home. Of course we all know homosexual interests are not punishable. Look at how they treated Democrat Barney Franks for allowing the use of his DC home by his boy toy. This stupid arse Foley should resign. Franks and Studds should have resigned also. I just watched the vulgar Congressman Murtha video. He should resign also


17 posted on 09/29/2006 1:05:53 PM PDT by oldironsides
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To: theDentist

Not only did the slimeball Gerry Studds not resign, but the moron people of MA re-elected him several times. This was not over friendly emails either. He admitted having sexual relations with underage men and he got away with it. The double standard is sickening, but not the least bit surprising. It's been like this for decades.


18 posted on 09/29/2006 1:06:35 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: msnimje

What do you care how many posts there have been on this subject? You are mighty new to FR to be policing aren't you?


19 posted on 09/29/2006 1:06:48 PM PDT by freeplancer
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To: NormsRevenge

"The full details will be included in a report tonight on ABC World News with Charles Gibson." -- you bet a full report... the libs will be all over this one... media circus here we go. They will stress the word REPUBLICAN...


20 posted on 09/29/2006 1:06:56 PM PDT by dubie
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To: theDentist

Gary Studds got the kid bleepfaced and buggered him in his congressional office. If it had happened in MA he would have been charge with rape of a minor child but the DC age of consent was lower.


21 posted on 09/29/2006 1:07:01 PM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: jbwbubba
I still don't get it, the little I have heard about the contents of the e-mails, I don't see anything damning. What changed?

There are several threads, look for one with IM in the title.

He resigned VERY quickly, and he was very far ahead in the polls. If this were innocent, he likely could have weathered the storm. He's been around long enough that his constituents would probably have stuck through a false smear.

22 posted on 09/29/2006 1:07:22 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: NormsRevenge

So he's resigning because he got the pages sticky?


23 posted on 09/29/2006 1:07:34 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: theDentist
At least, Foley did not consummate the relationship, at least in this case.

I'm glad that Foley resigned. I think that Studds and Frank should also have resigned.
24 posted on 09/29/2006 1:07:56 PM PDT by bagman
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To: NormsRevenge

The conclusion is correct, but irrelevant. I do not want our party to dumb down its standards.

The allegations are evidently true and the man is a rancid pervert. He should resign.

I am furious with selfish Republicans who wait until it's too late for us to save a seat, not to mention their lack of responsibility to conservative voters and the other members of their party.


25 posted on 09/29/2006 1:08:14 PM PDT by mwl1
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To: NormsRevenge

His family? Is he married?


26 posted on 09/29/2006 1:08:46 PM PDT by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...and his head is so tiny...))
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To: John Jorsett

Shoulda used a bookmark instead of bending over the page.


27 posted on 09/29/2006 1:08:56 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, ATF and DEA)
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To: dubie

They have too many skeletons in their closet. The Republicans can say we discipline our members and you don't. Then bring up Barney Fife, Garry Studds and various other freaks.


28 posted on 09/29/2006 1:09:22 PM PDT by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Foley came from a conservative district. He won with 68% of the vote in 2004.

The Pubbies can designate a replacement candidate although they can't replace his name on the ballot.

Make lemonade out of this lemon, by getting a replacement quick and then point out that a democrat barney frank has nor resigned even though a homosexual prostitution ring was run out of his house.

29 posted on 09/29/2006 1:09:35 PM PDT by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: NormsRevenge
REPUBLICANMark Foley... (all we will here the word REPUBLICAN stressed in this sex scandal...)
30 posted on 09/29/2006 1:09:56 PM PDT by dubie
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To: trashcanbred
Hours earlier, ABC News had read excerpts of instant messages provided by former pages who said the congressman, under the AOL Instant Messenger screen name Maf54, made repeated references to sexual organs and acts.

Maybe we will see the gay congressman appear on an upcoming "To Catch a Predator" on Dateline.

31 posted on 09/29/2006 1:10:02 PM PDT by Mark was here (How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
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To: dubie

hear* even...


32 posted on 09/29/2006 1:10:16 PM PDT by dubie
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To: Mark was here

He will write a book and be on oprah soon...


33 posted on 09/29/2006 1:10:52 PM PDT by dubie
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To: NormsRevenge

Good riddance. Phew!


34 posted on 09/29/2006 1:11:32 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: NormsRevenge
Just saw Hastert asked the question about Foley and there was pure disgust in his voice. Hastert said he did the right thing and he had not talked to Foley. (Neil Cauvato, although was not Neil but someone sitting in, I can't think of his name.)
35 posted on 09/29/2006 1:13:36 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: NormsRevenge

What's Barney Franks position on this?
I afraid of the answer.


36 posted on 09/29/2006 1:13:40 PM PDT by Waverunner
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To: Waverunner
"What's Barney Franks position on this?"

Barney's going to be behind him on this one.

37 posted on 09/29/2006 1:15:51 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Mark was here

I wonder if he will be on Oprah... perhaps a book signing with Gov. McGreevy....


38 posted on 09/29/2006 1:16:25 PM PDT by trashcanbred (Anti-social and anti-socialist)
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To: Waverunner

Isn't his position usually face down?


39 posted on 09/29/2006 1:17:53 PM PDT by Spaghetti Man (NJ politics suck (and apparently so do some of the politicians!))
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To: P-40
So what all did this guy say?

Something about gladiator movies.

40 posted on 09/29/2006 1:20:03 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: jbwbubba
What changed? His conscience.
41 posted on 09/29/2006 1:22:25 PM PDT by PeterFinn (Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.)
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To: dubie; trashcanbred
He will write a book and be on oprah soon...

... wonder how many pages will be in his book?

42 posted on 09/29/2006 1:25:27 PM PDT by Mark was here (How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
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To: Mark was here
wonder how many pages will be in his book?


pages... too funny!
43 posted on 09/29/2006 1:27:27 PM PDT by dubie
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To: PeterFinn; jbwbubba

What apparently changed is that other former pages have come forward with sexually explicit chats from AOL that the Congressman engaged in.


44 posted on 09/29/2006 1:27:41 PM PDT by MarcusTulliusCicero
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To: Waverunner
Barney Frank is behind him ...
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45 posted on 09/29/2006 1:30:01 PM PDT by maggief
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To: FlingWingFlyer

A "Log Cabin" congressman bites the dust.


46 posted on 09/29/2006 1:30:53 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Joe 6-pack

Barney Franks will bend over to be fair to this Repugnant Congressman.


47 posted on 09/29/2006 1:36:09 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: RexBeach

Yeah, I like that idea.


48 posted on 09/29/2006 1:40:26 PM PDT by wouldntbprudent (If you can: Contribute more (babies) to the next generation of God-fearing American Patriots!)
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To: wildbill
"Barney Franks will bend over to be fair to this Repugnant Congressman."

Sounds like a good exit strategy...;-)

49 posted on 09/29/2006 1:41:31 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Like Alcee Hastings once said, "Don't judge people..."


50 posted on 09/29/2006 1:42:32 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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