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Mahoney says allegations 'false,' matter is private
The Hill ^ | 10/14/08 | Aaron Blake

Posted on 10/14/2008 11:13:26 AM PDT by radar101

Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.) on Tuesday called the sex scandal allegations against him “false” and said that the alleged hush money he paid his former mistress is a “private matter.”

In a statement delivered in his district with his wife, Terry, by his side, Mahoney said he takes “full responsibility” for his actions and the pain he has caused his family.

He offered vague statements about an arrangement that, as ABC News reported, he had with former aide Patricia Allen, which allegedly included more than $120,000 and a job to ward off a threatened lawsuit after Mahoney apparently fired Allen.

The lawmaker did not address all aspects of ABC’s allegations, but he did say that he has “not misused campaign funds, and I’m confident that, when all the facts come to light, I will be cleared of any wrongdoing.”

“I would have come forward earlier, but making sure my family is OK is far more important than any political career,” he said. “I have not violated my oath of office, nor have I violated any laws, and I consider this to be a private matter,” he stated, adding, “No marriage is perfect, but our private life is our private life, and I am sorry that these allegations have caused embarrassment and heartache.”

Mahoney blamed the timing of the news on his impending reelection campaign. He is one of the most imperiled Democrats in Congress — especially after the ABC report broke Monday.

“I think the people of my district know that I am a fighter and I am not going to allow this story coming out 20 days before an election to change my resolve to serve the people of the 16th congressional district,” Mahoney said. “I have worked hard and I am prepared to put my faith in the people and ask for their vote.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 110th; allegations; corruptdems; cultureofcorruption; false; mahoney; private

1 posted on 10/14/2008 11:13:27 AM PDT by radar101
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To: radar101

Is foot tapping in the men’s room private as well?


2 posted on 10/14/2008 11:14:45 AM PDT by Holicheese (Get up Tom Brady, get up! PLEASE!!)
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To: radar101

Will Mahoney lose the election???


3 posted on 10/14/2008 11:15:03 AM PDT by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism)
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To: radar101

Sure. Whatever you say. You are a ‘rat.
Enough said.


4 posted on 10/14/2008 11:15:35 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Palin for President! (PUMA))
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To: radar101

To Democrats and the Mainstream Media, this abusive crap a “Private Matter”.

But if it involves a REPUBLICAN, it DEMANDS hearings and leads the CBS evening news....

We are SOOooo screwed.


5 posted on 10/14/2008 11:16:32 AM PDT by tcrlaf (SARAH PALIN-The American Everywoman (Yes, You Really CAN!))
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To: Holicheese
Is foot tapping in the men’s room private as well?

It was a PUBLIC men's room.

6 posted on 10/14/2008 11:16:55 AM PDT by E=MC2
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To: radar101

Abuse of power ain’t private. Legislation against sexual harassment used to be a good idea, but only when the laws are applied against businesses & Republicans, right Congressman?


7 posted on 10/14/2008 11:19:09 AM PDT by GoLightly
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To: radar101

He was heard on the phone (per Rush)
He can’t get away with it now.

Of Course the commedia will let it pass.

We won’t.

Rush was right on today. The New Party is about to take over with Obamao.


8 posted on 10/14/2008 11:21:36 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k6KUDv1wzraWhwlBt1)
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To: radar101

Fake but accurate sex?

Guess he’s using the slick willie dictionary.


9 posted on 10/14/2008 11:21:44 AM PDT by Carley (she's all out of caribou.............but does have a bracelet!!!!)
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To: radar101
"Broke no law ≠ "no wrong doing".
10 posted on 10/14/2008 11:23:38 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Great Obamanation of Desolation, attempting to sit in the Oval Office, where he ought not..)
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To: radar101
Here is the GOP candidate running against Mahoney

Tom Rooney Candidate for 16th CD Florida



Continuing a long family tradition of military service, Tom Rooney proudly served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Army as a JAG Officer, and taught Military Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
11 posted on 10/14/2008 11:25:07 AM PDT by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism)
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To: radar101

If you want to keep all your actions private, get a private sector job. Don’t run for “public” office.


12 posted on 10/14/2008 11:27:53 AM PDT by kempster
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To: Fred

That’s all I want to know as well. I suspect it’s now very likely. Polls prior to this showed that he was slightly favored to win re-election.


13 posted on 10/14/2008 11:29:38 AM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Fred

“Here is the GOP candidate running against Mahoney”

Luckiest man in Florida.


14 posted on 10/14/2008 11:30:16 AM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: radar101

Terry, you are an idiot.


15 posted on 10/14/2008 11:30:40 AM PDT by edcoil
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To: ApplegateRanch

I’m pretty sure that threatening an employee to shut up about an affair or be fired is breaking sexual harrassment laws. Civil yes, but still breaking a law.


16 posted on 10/14/2008 11:35:28 AM PDT by messierhunter
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To: All

Lets hope the 16th Dist of Florida goes for Rooney.

More and more south Florida has pretty much become virulently liberal.


17 posted on 10/14/2008 11:35:35 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Stalin, Mao, Marx All Laughing In Hell As The US Turns Communist After The Trillion Dollar Bailout)
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To: radar101

Of course he does. But he campaigned on bringing morallity to Washington.

Hypocrite.

Hope the people of Foley’s old district turn him out!!!!


18 posted on 10/14/2008 11:35:45 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Drill ANWR, Personal Accounts NOW ,)
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To: Holicheese
Congressman Mahoney isn't talking
19 posted on 10/14/2008 11:36:34 AM PDT by Leisler (Each generation, selling the next further into slavery)
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To: messierhunter
breaking sexual harrassment laws.

You mean that isn't one of the many they exempted themselves from?

20 posted on 10/14/2008 11:47:58 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Great Obamanation of Desolation, attempting to sit in the Oval Office, where he ought not..)
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To: radar101

Mahoney - whistling in the dark past the graveyard.


21 posted on 10/14/2008 11:51:59 AM PDT by Twinkie (DEMOCRATS ARE SOCIALISTS / COMMUNISTS . . .)
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To: Holicheese

“Is foot tapping in the men’s room private as well?”

Only if you contest it.

If you plead guilty after advice from counsel, it makes it pretty difficult to go all the way legally back to “private” unless you are dating the undercover cop in the next stall.


22 posted on 10/14/2008 12:11:02 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: radar101

To: radar101

Will Mahoney lose the election???

Don’t you mean “Will Mahoney lose his erection - uh - election?


23 posted on 10/14/2008 12:59:49 PM PDT by supermop
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To: Fred; Holicheese; Paladin2; Norman Bates; tcrlaf; radar101; E=MC2; GoLightly; Carley; ...
Mahoney's Republican opponent (military veteran): Tom Rooney
24 posted on 10/14/2008 1:13:10 PM PDT by impeachedrapist (Bill Clinton, as Arkansas Attorney General did you make Juanita Broaddrick pay for her rape kit?)
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To: impeachedrapist

Thanks


25 posted on 10/14/2008 3:26:33 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k6KUDv1wzraWhwlBt1)
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