MSNBC, CNN, and many others are now reporting that Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican from Florida who held what was considered a safe seat,
will not run for reelection has resigned from Congress. Why you ask? Apparently he liked to send sexual emails and instant messages to underage male Congressional pages. Oh yeah, and he just happens to be the founder and co-chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children.
CNNâ€™s Dana Bash reported just now:
CNN has learned, according to GOP sources, that as you said, Republican Congressman Mark Foley of Florida has decided not to seek reelection. â€¦ Foley did admit to a spokesperson that he had that e-mail exchange with the boy, but absolutely flatly denied that that was an inappropriate e-mail exchange. Now, a GOP source tells us now that essentially Foley is worried that there are other potentially politically damaging e-mail or other messages that may be out there and he has concluded that itâ€™s probably best for him not to seek reelection from Florida. That is what weâ€™re told.
Yesterday, ABC News, AmericaBlog, and Raw Story released a series of questionable emails between Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) and a 16-year-old male page. In the emails, sent from Foleyâ€™s personal account, Foley â€œasks the young man how old he is, what he wants for his birthday and requests a photo of him.â€
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.
According to FL state election law, Foley cannot be replaced on the ballot, meaning this should become a Democratic seat on November 7th.
It’s tough being gay in the GOP.