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  • Tim Mahoney Now Double the Scandal-Maker Mark Foley Ever Was

    Yesterday, we reported that Rep. Tim Mahoney, heir to disgraced Rep. Mark Foley's Congressional seat, had been implicated in a sordid affair with a staffer. What more could you ask for in a story?

    How about rumors of a second affair for Mahoney? Well, you got it! According to reliable sources, the Florida Democrat was engaged in some illicit hanky-panky with another woman who wasn't his wife — at the same time that he was nailing his staffer.

    And this one isn't just wrong for personal reasons — it has the distinctive air of corruption around it.

    On Tuesday night, a person close to the Mahoney campaign told the AP that Mahoney also was having a relationship with a high-ranking official in Martin County in his Florida district around the same time of the purported affair with Allen.

    The person close to the campaign spoke only on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to openly discuss Mahoney's private life.

    The person said Mahoney was having the relationship with the official in 2007 while he also was lobbying the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a $3.4 million reimbursement for Martin County for damage caused by hurricanes in 2004. FEMA approved the money late last year.

    It remains to be seen if either affair actually happened, but given the way that the vultures are circling, this isn't going to end well for Mahoney.

    Tags: Florida, House of Representatives, Mark Foley, Tim Mahoney
  • Sex-Crazed Ghost of Mark Foley Returns to Haunt Florida's 16th District

    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