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Foley says he was molested as teen, is gay

October 4, 2006

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— Disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley said through his lawyer Tuesday that he was sexually abused by a clergyman as a teenager, but accepts full responsibility for sending salacious computer messages to teenage male pages.

Attorney David Roth said Foley was molested between ages 13 and 15. He declined to identify the clergyman or the church, but Foley is Roman Catholic.

He also acknowledged for the first time that the former congressman is gay, saying the disclosure was part of his client's "recovery."

"Mark Foley wants you to know he is a gay man," Roth told reporters as Republicans struggled with fallout from Foley's resignation.

Foley "does not blame the trauma he sustained as a young adolescent for his totally inappropriate e-mails" and instant messages, Roth said. "He continues to offer no excuse whatsoever for his conduct."

Foley represented parts of Palm Beach County for 12 years until he abruptly resigned Friday after being accused of sending lurid Internet messages to teenage boys who served as pages on Capitol Hill. The FBI and Florida law enforcement officials are investigating whether he violated any laws.

The lawyer said Foley, who is now in treatment for alcohol abuse, never had any inappropriate sexual contact with a minor. "Any suggestion that Mark Foley is a pedophile is false," he said.

Roth also said Foley was under the influence of alcohol when he sent the e-mails and instant messages.

David Roth, lawyer to former Rep. Mark Foley, leaves a news conference in downtown West Palm Beach, Fla. Foley said through Roth on Tuesday that he was sexually abused by a clergyman as a teenager, but accepts full responsibility for sending salacious computer messages to teenage male pages. Foley represented parts of Palm Beach County for 12 years until he abruptly resigned Friday after being accused of sending lurid Internet messages to teenage boys who served as pages on Capitol Hill.

David Roth, lawyer to former Rep. Mark Foley, leaves a news conference in downtown West Palm Beach, Fla. Foley said through Roth on Tuesday that he was sexually abused by a clergyman as a teenager, but accepts full responsibility for sending salacious computer messages to teenage male pages. Foley represented parts of Palm Beach County for 12 years until he abruptly resigned Friday after being accused of sending lurid Internet messages to teenage boys who served as pages on Capitol Hill.

Asked why Foley did not disclose the abuse sooner, Roth said, "Shame, shame."

"As is so often the case with victims of abuse, Mark advises that he kept his shame to himself for almost 40 years," Roth said.

The communications were first reported last week by ABC News, which released more instant messages Tuesday that suggest Foley interrupted a vote on the House floor to chat online with a teen.

"I miss you," Foley said in one message, according to ABC.

"ya me too," the teen replied.

"we are still voting," Foley responded.

Roth said Foley was never under the influence of alcohol while conducting business on Capitol Hill, but he could not explain his previous statement that Foley was intoxicated when he sent the messages.

The race for Foley's seat has been thrust into the national spotlight as Democrats seek a net gain of 15 Republican seats to retake power in the House. Foley was considered a shoo-in for re-election before the messages surfaced.

On Monday, state Republican Party leaders selected state Rep. Joe Negron to replace Foley as their candidate in the Nov. 7 election, but under state law, Foley's name cannot be removed from the ballot even though he has withdrawn. Votes for Foley will be tallied for Negron.

President Bush, speaking at a Stockton, Calif., elementary school, on Tuesday said he was disgusted by Foley's actions.

The House Ethics Committee scheduled its first meeting on Foley's actions for Thursday.

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geekin_topekan 7 years, 10 months ago

Prioress you are in error.It is a republican thing they are hypocrits and a danger to the American way of life.They would just as soon cut my tongue out for saying so as uphold the constitution.

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geekin_topekan 7 years, 10 months ago

So the church made him queer?Is that what he's saying? Or is he trying to justify his actions?Part of his "recovery" should be to quit pretending that he's the only one in the world with problems and trying to use them as an excuse for inexcusable behavior.

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jcantspell 7 years, 10 months ago

i dont see anything coming from the right where you at

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jcantspell 7 years, 10 months ago

75x55 do you suport Foley. Will you stand by your man?

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

Foleys actions have been commonly known for years.

This is the most secretive government any of us have experienced. An early sign was the oh so famous secret energy meeting.

There is the desire to silence any dissent in this country by the Bush administration. Of course that begins with all forms of media to include paying journalists to write what the government wants out there to the public in spite of the truth aka facts. This administration and THIS republican party cannot be trusted. THESE republicans obey the Bush administration as if GW was their elected dictator. Tom Delay and the paige scandal are two examples. ANYTHING that may put THIS dictating party, administration and their PNAC agenda in jeopardy must be silenced no matter what the consequences. Which allowed Foley to carry on with HIS business as usual at least since 2001.

Controlling the votes through computerized voting is one more mechanism this administration and the party have chosen in order to further their PNAC agenda I am convinced.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1665.htm

The Bush administration should go to jail.

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acg 7 years, 10 months ago

This freakin' kills me. I'm a drunk, oh wait, I'm a victim of molestation, wait, no I'm gay.

Just admit it, dude, you're a freak pederast. We all know it now. No one wants to hear your piss poor excuses. No just go away.

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staff04 7 years, 10 months ago

Where is right_thinker and what have you bastards done to him?

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juliopac 7 years, 10 months ago

Where are all the republicans who gleefully bestow upon us their moral superiority? Perhaps you repubs should stick to matters of economics and STOP making morality the basis of your platform. Your party CLEARLY lacks the fiber necessary to serve as the model for what is right and good.

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staff04 7 years, 10 months ago

So, so far the Republican response has been something like this:

We're going to punish whoever leaked the e-mails, and we're going to blame Rodney Alexander because when this started he was a Democrat.

They're flailing, I tell you...

October 03, 2006 Republicans Blame Dems For Foley E-Mail Leak From today's CongressDaily PM:

Amid the controversy over whether Speaker Hastert and other Republican leaders did enough to address former GOP Rep. Mark Foley's e-mails to a former House page, Republicans have been conducting a behind-the-scenes campaign to redirect attention away from themselves. Within 24 hours of Foley's resignation, GOP aides and Republican political operatives began pushing a story that Brian Smoot -- who was Louisiana Rep. Rodney Alexander's chief of staff before the lawmaker switched parties to the GOP in 2004 -- might have been involved in leaking the e-mails to reporters. The GOP operatives have been making the argument to a host of reporters that the leaker, by sitting on the e-mails, acted in a way that could enrage voters. Alexander was the sponsor of the page who received e-mails from Foley described as "overly friendly."

Smoot is currently working as campaign manager for Democrat Ron Klein's bid to unseat GOP Rep. Clay Shaw in Florida's 22nd District. Shaw's district neighbors Foley's former 16th District. Smoot adamantly denied any connection to the e-mails or any other aspect of the Foley case. Smoot is painted by GOP operatives as a potentially disgruntled former aide of Alexander angry about his former boss' party switch who later went to work for Minority Leader Pelosi. When contacted, Smoot said while there is no love lost between Alexander and himself, he never worked for Pelosi and he only learned about the Foley matter from media reports. "I would be the last person to have any idea of what is going on in Alexander's office," said Smoot. "I had no idea about e-mails or ideas about this page and am absolutely not involved in this situation whatsoever. I also never worked for Pelosi nor have I ever worked for the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] or Democratic Party."

Even Hastert has alluded to the GOP's spin message, which has evolved since it first surfaced Saturday to involve the sexual instant messages Foley sent pages. "Anyone who had knowledge of these vile instant messages should have turned them over to authorities immediately so that kids could be protected," Hastert said in a statement Monday. "I repeat again, the Republican leaders of the House did not have them. We have all said so. On the record. But someone did have them. And the Ethics Committee, the Justice Department, the news media -- or anyone who can -- should help us find out who."

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prioress 7 years, 10 months ago

Prioress you are in error.It is a republican thing they are hypocrits and a danger to the American way of life.They would just as soon cut my tongue out for saying so as uphold the constitution.

I fear for the constitution as well, particularly after the Bush/McCain torture bill passed; on the other hand, neither party has cornered the market on hypocrisy. Washington is a tough town to behave in, as many from both parties have proven over the last 50 or more years. "Pride goeth before the fall" you know.

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Porter 7 years, 10 months ago

Where are all the "Personal Responsibility" speeches now??

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opinion 7 years, 10 months ago

crazyks,

You said "This lawyer seriously thinks Foley isn't a pedophile"

CNN analyst said something that might turn out to be very disturbing. They brought up the idea that because the age of consent in the States in question is 16, and the victims (my word not CNN's) had to be 16 or older to be in the program, the contact may not be illegal!!

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estespark 7 years, 10 months ago

"Many of their male politicians are gay...so is it any wonder why in recent years thye have been pushing (no pun intended) for lowering the age of consent between middle-age man and young boy...to 16.....or less!"

Uh, what?

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staff04 7 years, 10 months ago

And the lies from the right continue. Fox News repeatedly referred to Foley as a Democrat yesterday. Anyone buy that it was just a coincidental accident? Not me.

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/original/oreillyoct3.jpg

LIARS. There is nothing more to say about it.

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geekin_topekan 7 years, 10 months ago

Hey 75X55 At least the dems got a freebee.Lewinsky cost taxpayers 44 million dollars.

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ForThePeople 7 years, 10 months ago

Whoa....right_thinker....are you sure you've had enough coffee today...hehehe.

Dude is perv and doing anything he can to avoid taking responsibility for his actions, plain and simple. Unfortunately this is all to common in society these days!

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 10 months ago

Or that's the reason he went after young boys...take your pick. Jus the latest excuse.

This lawyer seriously thinks Foley isn't a pedophile, because he didn't have any actual sexual contact with young boys? Really? So, if you lust after young boys, and basically try to have cyber sex with them, you're not a pedophile if you don't actually touch them?

What a load of crap.

If he'd do this kind of disgusting stuff on the computer, then he'd do it in person, given half the chance.

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Calliope877 7 years, 10 months ago

A gay Republican? Can that be catergorized as an oxymoron?

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prioress 7 years, 10 months ago

It's not just a Republican thing, folks. People are weak, conflicted and hard to figure. Example:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061004/ap_on_el_ge/west_virginia_senate

The mudslinging is like a soap opera. We need good ideas from both parties to find a way to a better future. To be a bit quaint, "We are all Americans; let's act like it."

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jcantspell 7 years, 10 months ago

75x55 yes or no do you stand by Mark Foley ? i no i cant spell that why i chose that name

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BrianR 7 years, 10 months ago

The stories in the media aren't really going out of their way to point out that pedopheila and being gay have nothing whatsoever to do with one another.

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Porter 7 years, 10 months ago

Nice job sneaking homosexuals and feminists in your list of scary people, RT. Did you forget baptists and vegetarians?

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jcantspell 7 years, 10 months ago

75x55 im not trying to trap you i just wanted to see if you had any conviction some times you trap your self by not taking a stand and i still cant spell

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Confrontation 7 years, 10 months ago

So, is this the new excuse for every Catholic? Will there be a report released that shows a greater percentage of Catholic boys have been molested versus those that have not?

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Tychoman 7 years, 10 months ago

Logic: he what?! Tried to justify his actions? Kick him out, too. Isn't Lott supposed to be in prison?

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xenophonschild 7 years, 10 months ago

Republicans have - for long years - claimed, or assumed, to have some kind of monopoly on virture; ergo the sophomoric smirks at William the Great.

Their assumption has been exposed as a lie, falling in ruins with their reputation for administrative competence . . . and fiscal responsibility.

The essence of Republican ideology is to cater to the wealthy, who are their only true constituency. When Joe Six-Pack recognizes this basic truth, the GOP (Greedy Old Perverts) will be finished.

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laughingatallofu 7 years, 10 months ago

What happened to right_thinker?

His crutch, conservativeman, has been banned from this forum. Now, RT has to think for him/herself. Amazing what a clear mind can do for one's perspective.

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roger_o_thornhill 7 years, 10 months ago

Another abuser of power who doesn't want to take responsibility for his actions when caught-go figure.

Almost no one is sorry until they get caught.

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xenophonschild 7 years, 10 months ago

The basic thought is that Republicans have outworn their welcome; it's time for them to go.

And stay away . . . for a long, long time.

Democrats recognize that this is both a historic opportunity and an historic challenge. An opportunity to lead properly, to demonstrate to the country and the world that Democrats know how to, and can, lead us back to greatness.

A challenge because the mess the Republicans are leaving - fiscal, social, international - will require discipline and pertinacity rarely seen in any American political organization.

But Democrats can do it.

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GardenMomma 7 years, 10 months ago

When I first heard about Foley saying he was sexually abused as a teen himself, the first thought that popped into my head was, "How convenient." Isn't it just so very interesting that this comes out now AND he blames it on a priest as well? I say again, "How convenient."

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beatrice 7 years, 10 months ago

Pilgrim, you are correct. There isn't a single party that stands for morality, yet for several years now the Repbulicans have tried to make that claim. Sorry, but it doesn't hold water. This is why we need to get back to the issues -- like the issue of why all Republicans are terrible people.

Okay, just joshing there at the end. We really do need to get back to issues and quit the rantings from one side to the other. It is now time to also listen.

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Linda Endicott 7 years, 10 months ago

No, Pilgrim, they wouldn't be an excuse if he was a Democrat, either. Whatever his party affiliation, he's a scumbag.

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Bone777 7 years, 10 months ago

Foley is gay???

Really, I am shocked. The part about him being molested, I always kinda figured, but gay?????

You'll probably try to convince me Barney Frank is gay next. Never!

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xenophonschild 7 years, 10 months ago

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Tychoman 7 years, 10 months ago

Were they as good as Conan's jokes earlier this week? I've never caught Bob & Tom.

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