Saturday, September 30, 2006

Foley resigns over sexually explicit messages...

Saying he was "deeply sorry," Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned from Congress yesterday, hours after ABC News questioned him about sexually explicit internet messages with current and former congressional pages under the age of 18.

A spokesman for Foley, the chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, said the congressman submitted his resignation in a letter to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

Hours earlier, ABC News had read excerpts of instant messages provided by former male pages who said the congressman, under the AOL Instant Messenger screen name Maf54, made repeated references to sexual organs and acts.

In a statement, Foley said, "I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent."

I expect that Foley will get very little sympathy because of the hypocrisy of his behavior. Here's a guy promoting legislation to protect children while at the same time engaging in inappropriate behavior.