Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mark Foley

Former Republican Congressman Mark Foley graduated from Lakeworth Community High School in Lake Worth, Florida in 1973 where he was noted for being a "ladies man." He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994. In 2006, after a career highlighted by anti-gay votes and the championing of legislation to protect children from sexual predators, Foley resigned because of an underage instant messaging scandal. ABC News had reported that the congressman had sent lewd messages to a former male page which prompted other pages to come forward.

On September 29, 2006 Foley stepped down from his office. A few days later ABC reported that a new batch of text exchanges proved that the congressman had interrupted a vote on the floor of the House in order to participate in "Internet sex" with a high school student who was a former page.

A criminal investigation into Foley's actions did not result in any charges. As an openly gay man, he now hosts a political radio show in Florida.

        Mark Foley (at right in grey suit, blue tie) 

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