Republican Representative Mark Foley, whose lewd internet messages to teenage boys and Congressional pages created a national outrage
Remember Florida GOP Representative Mark Foley?
Now, his HYPOCRITE Democrat Congressional successor is embroiled in his own sex scandal albeit a non-homosexual one.
West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL), whose predecessor resigned in the wake of a sex scandal, agreed to a $121,000 payment to a former mistress who worked on his staff and was threatening to sue him, according to current and former members of his staff who have been briefed on the settlement, which involved Mahoney and his campaign committee.
Mahoney, who is married, also promised the woman, Patricia Allen, a $50,000 a year job for two years at the agency that handles his campaign advertising, the staffers said.
A Mahoney spokesperson would not answer questions about the alleged affair or the settlement, but said Allen resigned of her own accord and â€œhas not received any special payment from campaign funds.â€
Senior Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives, including Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), the chair of the Democratic Caucus, have been working with Mahoney to keep the matter from hurting his re-election campaign, the Mahoney staffers said.
Democrat Tim Mahoney, the “Faith and Family” candidate trying to pay off the mistress and keep it quiet until after the election.
Say good bye to Rep. Mahoney
Listen to Mahoney firing his mistress:A conversation between Tim Mahoney and Patricia Allen terminating her.
“If you do the job that I think you should do, you get to keep your job. Whenever I don’t feel like you’re doing your job, then you lose your job,” Mahoney can be heard telling Allen.
“And guess what? The only person that matters is guess who? Me. You understand that. That is how life really is. That is how it works,” Mahoney says on the call.
“You’re fired,” Mahoney tells her. “Do you hear me? Don’t tell me whether it’s correct or not.”
Allen says, “Tell me why else I’m fired.”
“There is no why else,” Mahoney responds.
Later, Allen says, “You’re firing me for other reasons. You don’t, you’re not man enough to say it. So why don’t you say it.”
Well, looks like the GOP will regain this seat.
Republican lawmakers and aides left male pages vulnerable to Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record)’s improper sexual advances even though the first concerns surfaced more than a decade ago, the ethics committee said Friday in its report into an election-year scandal that convulsed the House.
The committee said one witness testified he warned the head of the page board, Illinois Rep. John Shimkus (news, bio, voting record), a year ago that Foley was a “ticking time bomb” who had been confronted repeatedly.
The GOP Leaders knew and they did nothing to protect the male pages.
The Democrats knew and they played politics with the knowledge:
If Republicans were criticized for failing to confront Foley more aggressively, Democrats also figured in the investigation.
The committee said that one aide, Matt Miller, had possession of suggestive computer messages written by Foley, and passed them along to reporters as well as a communications aide at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert should have RESIGNED and he may have saved GOP sets in the November election.
But, as the report acknowledges – POLITICS AS USUAL
And the GOP paid the price…..
Chairman of the House Ethics Committee Doc Hastings (R-WA) (R) and ranking committee member Howard Berman (D-CA) speak about their committee’s report into the Mark Foley scandal on Capitol Hill in Washington December 8, 2006.
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