The Mark Foley scandal was the highlight of the 2006 political season. The Florida Congressman's shenanigans with Congressional Pages provided fodder for political commentators and late-night comedians… and even landed certain people some sweet jobs.
Foley left the Congress and his seat was taken over by a Democrat, Tim Mahoney. Mahoney promised reform and the reinstatement of ethics for his constituents. And he's delivered just that.
By having a big sex scandal.! Turns out that the married Mahoney had an affair with one of his Congressional staffers, threatened her with firing if she broke it off, and then paid her $121,000 to keep quiet about it. Now, that's what I call a return to ethics!
The news broke yesterday and had everyone on Capitol Hill -– especially the Democratic leadership. — furious at Mahoney. That is, until he turned the tables by boldly calling for an investigation into his own conduct.. Foley certainly never had the guts to do that.
It remains to be seen if Mahoney will make it to the end of his term, let alone get reelected. Right now, his Republican challenger, Tom Rooney., is a clear favorite to win the race.
Rooney has pledged that if elected, he will not disgrace Florida's 16th District by engaging in any more sex scandals. He has not, however, ruled out killing a hobo on national TV.
Tags: Florida, House of Representatives, Mark Foley, Tim Mahoney