Remember Mark Foley? He used to be a Republican house member,
representing the 16th District in Florida.
Two years ago Mr. Foley gave up his house seat in disgrace because
it turned out he was a gay man and was sending apparently lurid e-mails and
text messages to male house pages.
We were led to believe Mr. Foley was a pedophile. Many (quite possibly most) people
still assume this. But in reality not one e-mail or text message
was sent to a page below the age of consent. That is why no charges were
ever filed against Mr. Foley.
For his part, Foley acknowledged his actions and attributed them to
a problem with alcoholism. But he in no way used that as an excuse
for his behavior, as you can see by the following excerpt from a CNN article
of about a month ago:
Foley is "relieved" that no
probable cause was found to charge him with a crime, his lawyer, David Roth,
told reporters Friday evening. But in a statement Roth read on behalf of the
former congressman, Foley added, "I however recognize that while my behavior
was not illegal, it does not by any means make it proper or approriate. To the
contrary, I am deeply ashamed of my conduct, which was wrong and without
Foley said he takes full
responsibility for his actions and apologized, particularly to the recipients
of the e-mails or instant messages.
"I continue to pray for
forgiveness from those I have disappointed" and emotionally harmed, Foley said
in the statement.
Foley entered treatment for
alcoholism on October 1, 2006, he said in his statement, and has been clean
and sober since the day he resigned from Congress.
Needless to say, Democrats jumped all over this scandal and were instrumental
in forcing Mr. Foley to resign his seat. There was a lot of buzz that
Democrats had the goods on Foley for a while and timed its release for maximum
damage. I do not know if this is true, but I certainly suspect it might
In any event, Foley was replaced by a Democrat, Tim Mahoney.
Given the circumstances of Mahoney's election, wouldn't you think media would
keep a bit of an eye out to see how his morals stacked up against Foley's?
If so, you do not know the difference between R and D.
See, if you have an R after your name this is coverable by
media. But if you have a D after your name the rules somehow change.
If you have any doubt about this, please read the following excerpt
which comes to us from today's ABC News
story. Then I think you will see the light.
The scandal is Mahoney's. The bold print is mine:
Congressman's $121,000 Payoff to
Tim Mahoney Elected to Remove 'Ethical
Cloud' of His Disgraced Predecessor, Mark Foley
By EMMA SCHWARTZ, RHONDA SCHWARTZ, and
Oct. 13, 2008
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
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 "has not received any special payment from campaign funds."
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.
A spokesperson for Emanuel denies that account,
but said Emanuel did confront Mahoney "upon hearing a rumor" about an affair in
2007 and "told him he was in public life and had a responsibility to act
accordingly." The spokesperson added that it was a "private conversation" that
had nothing to do with Mahoney's re-election prospects.
Emanuel's spokesperson said Emanual had not had
any further contacts with Mahoney on the subject and did not know the woman
involved worked on Mahoney's Congressional staff until informed by ABC News.
Mahoney was elected two years ago following the
abrupt resignation of
his disgraced predecessor, Republican Mark Foley, whose lewd internet messages to teenage boys and Congressional pages created a national outrage.
The affair between Mahoney and Allen
began, according to the current and former staffers, in 2006 when Mahoney was
campaigning for Congress against Foley, promising "a world that is safer, more
Got it? Mahoney's affair has been going on for two years. But Democrats who jumped all
over Mark Foley for his sex scandal - especially Rahm Emmanuel - were "working
with Mahoney to keep the matter from hurting his re-election campaign".
Unlike Foley, Mahoney didn't fool around with e-mails or
text-messages; he was busy doing Patricia Allen while he was running
against Foley on a promise of "a word that is safer, more moral". How
much more hypocritical does it get than that?
Let's also remember that Ms. Allen is not only getting a $121,000 payoff, but
another $100,000 to work for the ad agency handling his campaign -- two
years at $50K per. I'll just bet that's a morale boost for the
agency people who haven't been sleeping with Mahoney.
I am ashamed to do this, but I compliment ABC News for running the Mahoney story.
The shame comes from making it seem as if doing so is something especially courageous,
because it isn't. Of course ABC should be reporting the Mahoney
But ABC News gets a compliment nonetheless. Why? Because
most of the rest of media have NOT reported it.
Let me finish by asking you a question: if Tim Mahoney's name didn't
have a D after it, but had an R after it like Mark Foley's did, is there
any doubt that we'd have heard more about this sooner?
You know the answer as well as I do.