Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL), the chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, resigned suddenly after ABC News questioned him about sexually explicit email messages he sent to young boys.
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.”
And to think I was worried about when the next terrorist attack would occur. Now I’m worried about what kind of background checks we perform on our elected leaders.
And isn’t it ironic that he just happens to be the chair of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children. Pffffttt.
Foley is slime – period. He did the right thing by resigning, but now law enforcement needs to do their job.
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