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.
Pretty transparent 'eh? I suggested on another thread to tattoo breasts on his back, send him to San Quentin and throw away the key.
Maybe next year he can go on a book tour with McGreevey.
Hey Foley...the liberal media won't give uo "ada-boys" like they will a KENNEDY when they use it for an excuse.
This seems to be the script lately. Wait until the cover is ripped off and all the sordid details are revealed, then check into rehab. "I strongly believe I'm an alcoholic...". Yeah, don't blame me. Have pity. I'm sick. Wine is a mocker.
I have a friend who used to be a chaplain at a juvenile detention facility. He was stunned that a lot of the kids' concept of right and wrong was that something was wrong if they got caught. Seems that Foley (among others) is ethically-challenged in the same way.
He is preparing his criminal defense.
He is going to say he did not have intent because he was intoxicated and not in control of his faculties.
What is ABC's and C.R.E.W.'s excuse to justify allowing a child being molested by a homosexual? (DNC dirty tricks team)
"I did not have sex with that computer."
Did he credit Ted Kennedy for the referral?
16 is the sexual age of consent - even for homos. Legally, the "children" are considered adults. Heck, the left supports 11 year old abortions, so if they push this one, it's not going to hurt the Republicans.
Oh please! That's not going to work anymore. It's not going to help Mel Gibson and it's definately not going to help this perv.
Yes, of course. There is a double standard because we do not share their standards! The Democratic party is the party of pervs and criminals. We don't accept that. This is what sets us apart. We dont get to lower our standards- we make them raise theirs.
He can always change his party affiliation.
Wanting to put a BOTTLE of alcohol to his lips is NOT his major malfunction.
This guy is the long lost Kennedy cousin.
Worked for Kennedy.
Is it now standard operating procedure to 'check into alcohol rehab' after getting caught doing something bad?
I think Duke Cunningham did the same thing soon after getting arrested.
As if there is anyone in DC, that doesn't think about getting political advantage from something...
It still works in the democrat party.
And Bawney Fwank.
And Studds (or whatever the hell his name is).
And a HOST of other effeminate boy-buggerers in the demonRAT party that haven't been caught yet.
The left is the pro-homo party. He'd be considered a hero there. He should go for it to save his career. He and Barney Frank could become ....ahem....good "friends" (if they're not already).
It was poke-HIM, the sick-prick.
When he was nailed in 1980 for cruising gay bars, chasing young boys, etc. conservative congressman Bob Bauman of Maryland used the alcohol defense. Later, he just admitted his homosexuality.
It may well cost us more than a seat. It could cost us the entire House. I've gotten angry with the coverage, though. Yes, Reps should have dealt with this a long time ago. But I can guarantee you that Dems knew about it too and waited to spring this until now, just before the election. Their "it's for the children" just doesn't cut it.
What is CREW, please?...thanks
If Foley were a member of the NEA he could go for the, "leave of absence with benefits..."
"Wait a minute...that NJ Governor did the same thing, and he's on Oprah! And a Rep who was a Kennedy relation did rehab, and he's already off the media radar with a nod for forgiveness because of what he's been through. Do I smell...a double standard?"
Two fallacies in your argument:
1. McGreevey did not proposition 16 year page boys.
2. Conservatives have higher standards.
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