This Just In: Foley Resigns After Approaching Underage Male Intern

Just this morning, I was thinking there was nothing to the story circulating around Florida of U.S. Rep. Mark Foley (R-Palm Beach) being improper toward a male teenaged former page in email.

And when I’m wrong, I’m wrong big.

ABC is reporting Foley just resigned.

Here’s the background:

The boy served as a page to a Louisiana congressman last year and came to know Foley, 52. He sent the congressman a thank-you note when his term as a page ended. After the boy returned to his home in Louisiana, Foley used his personal e-mail account to correspond with the teen.

Under the AOL Instant Messenger screen name Maf54, Foley made repeated references to sexual organs and acts

In the exchange, Foley asked the boy about weathering Hurricane Katrina and wrote, “send me an e-mail pic of you.” In another e-mail, Foley told the boy he was on a break from Congress and was in Florida. He asked the boy, “how old are you now?”

The boy forwarded excerpts from the e-mails to congressional staffers and said, “Maybe it is just me being paranoid, but seriously. This freaked me out.”

The boy, who is not being identified because of his age, told the St. Petersburg Times in an interview last November, when the Times first learned of the e-mails, that he cut off correspondence with Foley.

“I thought it was very inappropriate,” the boy told the Times. “After the one about the picture, I decided to stop e-mailing him back.”

…ABC News reported that Foley’s office said he routinely asked interns and job applicants for photographs. But when the Times asked Foley about the e-mails nearly a year ago, he did not mention that practice. He said he was merely trying to be friendly and did not mean to make the boy uncomfortable.

Foley has had e-mail exchanges with at least one other former page who told the Times he was surprised to get an e-mail from a congressman.

So check this out:

Saying he was “deeply sorry,” Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned from Congress today, hours after ABC News questioned him about sexually explicit internet messages with current and former congressional pages under the age of 18.

A spokesman for Foley, the chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, said the congressman submitted his resignation in a letter late this afternoon to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

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

In a statement, Foley said, “I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent.”

Did you get that? The chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children?! Man, those Republicans are sick puppies.

Update: Here’s some of the text of the emails/instant messages. Maf54 is Marky Mark.

Maf54: You in your boxers, too?
Teen: Nope, just got home. I had a college interview that went late.
Maf54: Well, strip down and get relaxed.

Maf54: What ya wearing?
Teen: tshirt and shorts
Maf54: Love to slip them off of you.

Maf54: Do I make you a little horny?
Teen: A little.
Maf54: Cool.


  • opal
    September 29, 2006 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

    foley’s behavior is abhorrent and the people in his district are well rid of him. don’t let your political viewpoint, however, blind you to the fact that sick puppies are to be found at both ends of the political spectrum. bad behavior and hypocrisy are not unique to republicans – we should condemn them wherever they are to be found.

  • Blulady
    September 29, 2006 - 1:58 pm | Permalink

    This guy is just another canary in the mineshaft.

    Wait until yesterday’s torture bill takes hold. These guys think they can now get away with this.

    If I were a betting person I would buy stocks in whips and chains.

  • tom baker
    September 29, 2006 - 1:58 pm | Permalink

    How many of them does this make?? These are the same people who vilified Clinton??? Good Lord, they really have no shame whatsoever. Now let’s all wait til the story breaks that it was GWB (acronym for gay white boy?) that was dallying with gay man-whore Jeff Guckert/Gannon during all his unexplained visits to the White House.

  • hobojo
    September 29, 2006 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Bush kind of man and a sleeeezzzee bag got caught.

  • Madison
    September 29, 2006 - 2:01 pm | Permalink

    There is a big difference, Opal. Rigtwingers like Foley would have us believe that they are morally superior to everyone on the left.

    Conservatism is an ideology built on fakery and every now and then a case like this comes along that underscores that.

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  • kevkev
    September 29, 2006 - 2:19 pm | Permalink
  • adrien
    September 29, 2006 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

    This isn’t just a both-sides-of-the-aisle story. This is another chapter in the annals of extreme hypocrisy- there are still plenty of in-the-closet GOPs to be outed. And pedophiles. And others who have broken every rule of the religious right’s agenda while pushing repressive legislation on all the rest of us.

    Here is a partial listing of Republican pedophiles, closeted gay-bashers, and the occasional serial killer:

  • Emma
    September 29, 2006 - 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Our fearless leader/role model – holder of the highest office in the land – has gotten away with criminal acts – nobody holds republican’s accountable for their actions so they know they can get away with doing whatever they want. And commit all kinds of criminal acts. They all believe they are Gods and half the country let them – so why should we be surprised. Our main stream media won’t report on the crimes so we are all vulnerable to being victims of “republican moral values crimes”.

  • Katy
    September 29, 2006 - 2:35 pm | Permalink

    From his website today:

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL), Co-chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children Caucus, applauded Senate passage of legislation he authored and introduced overhauling our nation’s sex offender registration and notification laws.

    WASHINGTON – {Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) introduced legislation last night along with Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) that goes after the Internet child porn industry and for the first time would hold credit card companies and Internet service providers accountable if they knowingly facilitate child pornography.

  • Clear Mind
    September 29, 2006 - 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Surprise, Surprise – A homosexual pedophile, greedy, lying, sick, corrupt, immoral Republican monster. I cannot even find the words to vent the anger that burns in me about these hypocritcal pigs. I wish I had been born in Canada. I do not know my country anymore..and now Torture. If the Republi-Nazi controls all branches after November – I’m leaving!!!!!

  • kizbah
    September 29, 2006 - 3:16 pm | Permalink

    In the words of the immortal (and immoral) Huey P. Long . . .

    “The worst thing that can happen to a politician is to be caught in bed with a dead woman or a live boy”

  • justvisitingfromanotherplanet
    September 29, 2006 - 3:29 pm | Permalink

    if anyone’s interested, Google Victor Ashe who GWB appointed as Ambassador to Poland — He was GWB’s Yale roommate — HOO — are you in for a surprise! These guys think we’re all stupid and unable to research.

  • kevkev
    September 29, 2006 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Here you will find out the little known truth concerning President George W. Bush, Victor Ashe, the current American ambassador to Poland (formerly mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee and Exec. V.P.; C.F.O. of Fannie Mae), and their adulterous-bisexual relationship with a Las Vegas woman in 1984

    In 1976, the Bush family sent George W. Bush to El Paso’s Worthy Creations, a Christian gay conversion center. George Bush, aka the ‘jock sniffer’
    Wayne Madsen Report | 26 Sep 2006

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  • big dave from queens
    September 29, 2006 - 5:04 pm | Permalink

    While indeed it is a truism that not all conservatives abuse children and not all liberal Democrats are saints, This is NOT a case, as the website links above demonstrate, of sick people on both sides of the aisle.

    These incidents are ONE SIDED. It’s conservatives, conservatives, conservatives, and more conservatives.

    I would submit to you that there is something about being a conservative that makes this behavior far more likely.

    And I think part of how one turns out to be a conservative is to have had been abused, neglected and/or unloved growing up only to transfer that vileness onto others.

  • Betty Sinski
    September 29, 2006 - 5:50 pm | Permalink

    The only thing, ONLY THING the bible says God hates is a hypocrite and this republican party is full of them.

  • banjobailey
    September 29, 2006 - 6:59 pm | Permalink

    could it be that the Republicans are being unmasked? could it be that this and the NIE and the legalization of torture and Bob Woodward’s new book and curfew in Iraq (perhaps because a coup was planned? who knows?) could it be that America might actually respond and turn Republicans out of office???? Nahhhhh, these guys are keeping our children safe from homosexual pedophiles – they are keeping our military people safe and our veterans safe (after all, the veterans with brain injuries are very safe what with the funding for the brain-injury center cut by the Republicans) and all the rest of us tooo…..oh boy. Be sure to vote Republican in November in order to keep this going – after all, remember, these Veterans volunteered for service and so they get what they deserve….Republicans have no responsibility for them because they volunteered on their own….the country owes them nothing, especially if you have to pay higher taxes in order to take care of them….why would you do that when you don’t even know them, and would never have known them because they do not come from YOUR gated community? Nahhh, Republicans are a shoo-in in November….no contest….America has discovered that taking care of our own is a profitless situation.

  • Stever Weaver
    September 29, 2006 - 7:55 pm | Permalink

    Interesting that the Republicans claim to be the “family values” party. They’re such gross hypocrites. My theory has always been that those who have to make a big deal about their values are the ones who really don’t have them. If I’m a truly honest person, I don’t even think about, so I’m not compelled to go around telling everyone how honest I am. It’s who I am. It’s like breathing air–you don’t notice it until you can’t access it. Those who advertise their traits are obviously insecure about them. They’re trying to convince voters, themselves or both. The trick is to not be stupid enough to be duped by them. Which 58 million Americans have proven they are that stupid.

    At this point in our history–after seeing what BushCo has done, if you vote Republican (which I’ve never done even once in my life), there’s seriously something wrong with you. I don’t even want to share the same nation with you. My advice to you red state people is: if at first you don’t secede, PLEASE try, try again.

    As far as BushInc trying to get themselves off the hook for their war crimes with the retroactive torture legislation that passed yesterday, I say we wait until they’re all out of office, then we take them before the Hague and so if we can have them tried there. If that doesn’t happen, I say a group of us should track them down and hold them all accountable ourselves. After all, when the legal system fails to deal with injustices, that’s when vigilante justice becomes appropriate. I’m not going to let these people walk around free like Kissinger or Negroponte. They WILL pay for their crimes.

  • Sarojin
    September 29, 2006 - 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Wow, makes a wonder if he was on the cmte so he could officially review child porn, so, so sick.

    This is the crowd in control of the reigns of govt.

  • f. Kaye
    September 29, 2006 - 10:00 pm | Permalink

    The Repubs are sexually repressed, since all that religious indoctrination they get from those family value homes they come from.

  • chuck
    September 29, 2006 - 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Foley being tortured by young republican boys.

  • chuck
    September 29, 2006 - 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Steve, I agree. True patriots will prevail. Wage Peace.

  • chuck
    September 29, 2006 - 10:21 pm | Permalink

    The Dems should have an add with Foley and Bush together promoting values and fear.

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  • Anonymous
    September 30, 2006 - 10:33 am | Permalink

    What is truly appalling is the allegation that the people running the Page Program knew about Foley and even WARNED the young Pages about Foley:

    “One former page tells ABC News that his class was warned about Foley by people involved in the program.” – From the ABC Exclusive: The Sexually Explicit Internet Messages That Led to Fla. Rep. Foley’s Resignation –

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  • Greg Bacon
    October 1, 2006 - 3:19 am | Permalink

    But(t) was he wearing a BLUE DRESS?

    Q. How does Rep. Foley keep place in a book he’s reading?

    A. With a BENT OVER PAGE.

  • Heil Mary
    October 1, 2006 - 11:51 am | Permalink

    Now that Rep. Don Sherwood had to buy Whore Ore’s silence with $5 Million, is he diddling female pages??

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