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    Florida Congressman Foley (R) Resigns

    Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., submitted a letter of resignation from Congress on Friday in the wake of questions about e-mails he wrote a former male page, according to a congressional official.

    Foley, 52, had been considered a shoo-in for re-election until the e- mails surfaced in recent days.

    Campaign aides had previously acknowledged that the Republican congressman e-mailed the former Capitol page five times, but had said there was nothing inappropriate about the exchange. The page was 16 at the time of the e-mail correspondence.

    Foley's election opponent, Democrat Tim Mahoney, has called for an investigation.

    The correspondence took place in August 2005 after the boy gave Foley a handwritten thank you note before returning to Louisiana.

    Foley was running for re-election to a seventh term. He has represented his district, which includes West Palm Beach, since 1995. Florida Republicans could replace Foley on the ballot.

    In his exchanges with the boy, Foley asked how old he was, what he wanted for his upcoming birthday, how he was doing after Hurricane Katrina and for a photo.

    The e-mails were posted Friday on Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's Web site after ABC News reported their existence. The group asked the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to investigate the exchange Foley had with the boy, who served as a page for Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La.

    "The House of Representatives has an obligation to protect the teenagers who come to Congress to learn about the legislative process," the group wrote, adding that the committee, "must investigate any allegation that a page has been subjected to sexual advances by members of the House."
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    Exclusive: The Sexually Explicit Internet Messages That Led to Fla. Rep. Foley's Resignation

    September 29, 2006 5:59 PM
    Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz & Maddy Sauer Report:
    Florida Rep. Mark Foley's resignation came just hours after ABC News questioned the congressman about a series of sexually explicit instant messages involving congressional pages, high school students who are under 18 years of age.
    In Congress, Rep. Foley (R-FL) was part of the Republican leadership and the chairman of the House caucus on missing and exploited children.
    He crusaded for tough laws against those who used the Internet for sexual exploitation of children.
    "They're sick people; they need mental health counseling," Foley said.
    But, according to several former congressional pages, the congressman used the Internet to engage in sexually explicit exchanges.
    They say he used the screen name Maf54 on these messages provided to ABC News.
    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.
    Another message:
    Maf54: What ya wearing?
    Teen: tshirt and shorts
    Maf54: Love to slip them off of you.
    And this one:
    Maf54: Do I make you a little horny?
    Teen: A little.
    Maf54: Cool.
    The language gets much more graphic, too graphic to be broadcast, and at one point the congressman appears to be describing Internet sex.
    Federal authorities say such messages could result in Foley's prosecution, under some of the same laws he helped to enact.
    "Adds up to soliciting underage children for sex," said Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent and now an ABC News consultant. "And what it amounts to is serious both state and federal violations that could potentially get you a number of years."
    Foley's resignation letter was submitted late this afternoon, and he left Capitol Hill without speaking to reporters.
    In a statement, he said he was "deeply sorry" and apologized for letting down his family and the people of Florida.
    But he made no mention of the Internet messages or the pages.
    One former page tells ABC News that his class was warned about Foley by people involved in the program.
    Other pages told ABC News they were hesitant to report Foley because of his power in Congress.
    This all came to a head in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, we asked the congressman about some much tamer e-mails from one page, and he said he was just being overly friendly. After we posted that story online, we began to hear from a number of other pages who sent these much more explicit, instant messages. When the congressman realized we had them, he resigned.

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    Hah, he was our district's rep. I always thought he was a lil off....

    To his credit he did alot to bring aid into the area after the hurricanes. Still doesn't change the fact that he's a fucking sicko.

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