Skip to comments.Ex Rep Foley Checks into Alcohol Rehab
Posted on 10/02/2006 6:41:40 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Rep. Mark Foley, under FBI investigation for e-mail exchanges with teenage congressional pages, has checked himself into rehabilitation facility for alcoholism treatment and accepts responsibility for his actions, his attorney acknowledged Monday.
The attorney, David Roth, would not identify the facility, but told the Associated Press in West Palm Beach, Fla., that Foley had checked in over the weekend.
"I strongly believe that I am an alcoholic and have accepted the need for immediate treatment for alcoholism and other behavioral problems," Foley said in a statement, Roth told the AP.
Foley, a Republican, abruptly quit Congress on Friday after reports surfaced that he'd sent sexually charged electronic messages to boys working as pages. In the statement, Foley said the "events that led to my resignation have crystalized recognition of my long-standing and significant alcoholism and emotional difficulties."
"I deeply regret and accept full responsibility for the harm I have caused," Foley said. He also expressed "gratitude for the prayers and words of encouragement that have been conveyed to me."
The FBI, meanwhile, "is conducting an assessment to see if there's been a violation of federal law," according to FBI spokesman Richard Kolko.
White House press secretary Tony Snow, asked about that Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America," urged greater efforts to "figure out what happened here." He called it "a terrible story" and said he considered it unfortunate that "people are thinking, 'OK, can I get political advantage out of this'."
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pretty nasty to blame alcohol for this
THAT's the ticket.
yay, great job Foley, you douchebag
If he thinks this will get him sympathy, he needs to think again.
Our party doesn't do that.
Did he drop Ted Kennedy's name to get a discount and better service?
I've been as drunk as the next guy, but I never tried to proposition the next guy.
I wonder if his membership to NAMBLA is up to date.
Many people do. Unfortunately the courts tend to tie all things to drug and alcohol use.
Seems to work for the Kennedys. Perverted coward.
What will interest me is if the Democrats also indicate that they see this as a cheap way to try to dodge responsibility. 'Cause the Kennedy's do this all the time.
Foley gives alcoholism a bad name.
That's interesting. I always thought he looked soused during his TV interviews. No wonder he always came off as an idiot.
Is he sure it wasn't poker that made him do it?
Shame the leadership didn't pressure him harder to resign months ago before this scandal became public. Hard to keep something like this a secret. This very well may likely cost us a seat in a close election season.
Clinton's been there.
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