Foley replacement has sex scandal of his own

posted at 1:15 pm on October 13, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Remember Mark Foley?  He embodied the fecklessness of the Republican efforts in 2006′s midterm elections when his strange entreaties to underaged pages got uncovered.  He lost his West Palm Beach seat to Tim Mahoney, who ran on family values — understandably effective against Foley — and joined the Democratic tidal wave of victory over the “culture of corruption”.

Now, however, it turns out that Tim “Faith and Family” Mahoney has a sex scandal of his own, although somewhat more pedestrian than Foley’s:

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 campaign committee.

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.

Wow!  Now we also have a cover-up.  Democrats want to keep this information from Mahoney’s constituents after posing him as the “faith and family” candidate two years ago.  That’s not much of a surprise, but it is a rather entertaining demonstration of karma.

ABC has audio of Mahoney terminating Allen, and Allen not buying the reason for it:

The settlement came when Allen threatened to sue Mahoney for a million dollars.  The letter promised to reveal Mahoney’s “dark and depraved personality”, not exactly a winning slogan for re-election.  The evential settlement got split between Allen and her attorney, and she had to pledge not to work for Mahoney’s opponent in the upcoming election.

Mahoney still seems to be engaging in deception.  ABC News quotes a campaign spokesperson as saying that Allen “resigned of her own accord, in good standing.”  The audio above, which Allen obviously recorded herself, says something entirely different. Someone’s lying, and it doesn’t appear to be Allen or ABC.

That makes Mahoney’s problems all the worse. Voters might be able to forgive an affair; after all, they did with Bill Clinton. If Mahoney insults their intelligence by denying obvious reality, he may soon find himself with a lot more time to pursue “faith and family,” and might want to see if Mark Foley has any lines open on a private-sector job.

Update: Gateway Pundit has more.


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null on October 13, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Oh, justice so poetic, schaedenfreude so sweet.

It’s time for republicans/conservatives to go after this guy just like they went after Foley. To do any less would be hypocrisy.

thirteen28 on October 13, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Most ethical Congress evah…?

jgapinoy on October 13, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Congressmen are like diapers. You need to change them often, and for the same reason.
- Pete McCloskey

MB4 on October 13, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Republican scandal: “OHMAHGAWD!!!! Phone the neighbors, wake the kids! THIS is an extravaganza you WON’T want to miss!!!”

Democrat scandal: “These are not the droids scandals you’re looking for.”

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 13, 2008 at 1:22 PM

If he had any illegitimate reason to fire her, he has to keep her on.

/Branchflower

DrSteve on October 13, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Mahoney is a Democrat, folks. Nothing to see here. Move along…

ManlyRash on October 13, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Is there a transcript of that audio? It’s pretty hard to hear.

RINO in Name Only on October 13, 2008 at 1:23 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAH Rush is on this!

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 13, 2008 at 1:24 PM

The Edwards Syndrome

Kini on October 13, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Accountability is for Repulicans.
And ACORN HAH!

Iblis on October 13, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Penis control.

Don’t run for office without it.

saint kansas on October 13, 2008 at 1:26 PM

Hush money and pay offs. What was Mark Foley found guilty of? NOTHING, so here we have a Democrat, how willing will the media be to string him up? How high did the cover up go?

tarpon on October 13, 2008 at 1:28 PM

ooooooops

Roger Waters on October 13, 2008 at 1:29 PM

He’s a democrat. Move along. Nothing to see here.

lorien1973 on October 13, 2008 at 1:30 PM

Democrat leadership knew about this. Will they be held accountable?

JammieWearingFool on October 13, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Foley was cleared in court.

The Dems waved his bloody shirt, got the 15 minutes of political capital and dropped it when the election was over.

Let’s see if the media gives a rats ass about this moron.

mylegsareswollen on October 13, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Hush money and pay offs. What was Mark Foley found guilty of? NOTHING, so here we have a Democrat, how willing will the media be to string him up? How high did the cover up go?

tarpon on October 13, 2008 at 1:28 PM

That’s why Foley had to go and Mahoney should be supported in his reelection bid. Well, that and the letter after the name.

Vashta.Nerada on October 13, 2008 at 1:33 PM

someone fix the front page please, thins post broke it.

Darth Executor on October 13, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Congressmen are like diapers. You need to change them often, and for the same reason.
- Pete McCloskey

MB4 on October 13, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Man, I just love this saying and have used it a lot since 2006 and it seems that it should be used today and maybe forever!

foxone on October 13, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Interns are the only reason I would run for office. /

infidel on October 13, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Photo on front page needs to be downsized, Ed.

Connie on October 13, 2008 at 1:36 PM

I’d love to see Emanuel get his fingers burned on this one. That s.o.b. has gotten away with too much for too long.

a capella on October 13, 2008 at 1:36 PM

He should lose his seat for being stupid enough to fire her on the phone.

Elizabetty on October 13, 2008 at 1:37 PM

The Dem’s will give him a standing ovation and the golden ticket for Disney World!

christene on October 13, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Congressmen are like diapers. You need to change them often, and for the same reason.
- Pete McCloskey

That was Mark Twain’s quote

deedtrader on October 13, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Scandal either way, but having a mistress and trying to pick up teenagers over the internet are worlds apart.

MadisonConservative on October 13, 2008 at 1:38 PM

I’m sick of all of them. Filthy, corrupt, ba$tards. Each and every one of them. Both sides of the aisle.

Wonder why McCain’s not hitting hard on ACORN? Check out Michelle’s latest.

IrishEi on October 13, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Democrat response: At least it wasn’t a ghey relationship!

/sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 13, 2008 at 1:40 PM

Obama’s airtime buy is starting to make sense now.

Vashta.Nerada on October 13, 2008 at 1:41 PM

It doesn’t surprise me that the name of Rahm Emanuel would pop up in this whole soiled mess. Emanuel is another slimy by-product of the Chicago Democratic Political Machine, and I mean slimy with a capital “S”. This guy would throw his own mother under the bus if it meant increasing the political power he already possesses. So it is of little surprise he is trying to cover up this other’s goof’s inability to keep his pants on. After all, Emanuel once held a prominent place in the Clinton Administration, where similar activities were pretty much the norm. If anyone was unlucky enough to shake hands with Rahm Emanuel, I would advise them to take about six hot showers and maybe throw in a couple delousing sessions as quickly as possible.

pilamaye on October 13, 2008 at 1:42 PM

FOUND IT!..: o )
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x72626_wealth_news

christene on October 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM

*eats*

Can you please explain this?

t.ferg on October 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Damn, I so wanted to buzzup this one, but it won’t let me.

Webrider on October 13, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Can you please explain this?
t.ferg on October 13, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Does no one even think of clicking the name before asking? I put the link there for a reason…. ;)

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 13, 2008 at 1:50 PM

The letter promised to reveal Mahoney’s “dark and depraved personality”, not exactly a winning slogan for re-election.

Maybe he could use, Win one for the zipper!

Buy Danish on October 13, 2008 at 1:52 PM

If a Democrat goes down in the woods and the MSM ignores it, does it make a sound?

andycanuck on October 13, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Not only is Rahm Emmanuel more of the same dirty Chicago politician, but he’s the odds on favorite to replace President Obama as the junior senator from Illinois. Ugh.

Muletrain on October 13, 2008 at 1:55 PM

I don’t even care about the details; he has to be HOUNDED OUT OF OFFICE NOW!

Fair’s fair, and if the entire Democratic Party could be smeared in the process, that would be great.

Thanks.

Kensington on October 13, 2008 at 1:56 PM

I hope her sexual skills were better than her recording skills.

CanadianGuy on October 13, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Does no one even think of clicking the name before asking? I put the link there for a reason…. ;)
*eats*
Grue in the Attic on October 13, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Talking to yourself is a sign of impending mental collapse.

innominatus on October 13, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Does anyone know anything about this race? Is the republican close in polling with or without the scandal?

gmbdds on October 13, 2008 at 1:56 PM

soooo, who is the gop opponent? sound like an easy pickup — for a competent party anyway …

Buckaroo on October 13, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Wonder why McCain’s not hitting hard on ACORN? Check out Michelle’s latest.

IrishEi on October 13, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Okay … I think I’m going to start drinking from now until election day. Un freakin’ believable, McCain.

CanadianGuy on October 13, 2008 at 1:58 PM

There’s a lot of confusion regarding the Foley scandal. To correct this, it is vitally important that we all be on the same page. Uh. Nevermind.

innominatus on October 13, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Does no one even think of clicking the name before asking? I put the link there for a reason…. ;)

Yeah I know. I read the link. I’m just in a pissy mood today. I’m about to go in for major dental work in a couple days, my teeth hurt like crazy, and for some reason the little *eats* tag at the end of all your comments irritated me. It’s not you, it’s me. Lol.

I think Allah’s daily poll links and Eeyorism is starting to wear me down.

t.ferg on October 13, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Talking to yourself is a sign of impending mental collapse.

innominatus on October 13, 2008 at 1:56 PM

I prefer Sanity is a playground for the unimaginative.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 13, 2008 at 2:04 PM

BUZZ IT UP!!!

Spanglemaker on October 13, 2008 at 2:05 PM

I think Allah’s daily poll links and Eeyorism is starting to wear me down.

t.ferg on October 13, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Yeah, that would do it alright.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 13, 2008 at 2:06 PM

Okay … I think I’m going to start drinking from now until election day. Un freakin’ believable, McCain.

CanadianGuy on October 13, 2008 at 1:58 PM

He truly screwed the pooch on this one. No place for him to hide, and now ACORN goes merrily on it’s way. Reformer indeed!

a capella on October 13, 2008 at 2:10 PM

She make Monica look cute. ; )

Angry Dumbo on October 13, 2008 at 2:12 PM

He truly screwed the pooch on this one. No place for him to hide, and now ACORN goes merrily on it’s way. Reformer indeed!

a capella on October 13, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Let me guess what’s next… McCain isn’t attacking Obama on abortion because he had one himself?

CanadianGuy on October 13, 2008 at 2:15 PM

Dammit! It’s only sex. Everybody does it. Every guy bags a chick and pays her hush money and then gets sued and has his pals try to cover it up so he can get his pimply ass reelected. Everybody does it. No BFD. Move on. Leave him alone so he can do the work of the American people.

whitetop on October 13, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Not only is Rahm Emmanuel more of the same dirty Chicago politician, but he’s the odds on favorite to replace President Obama as the junior senator from Illinois. Ugh.

Actually, the odds on favorite is Tammy Ducksworth, who has been pretty much slated by our illustrious do-nothing Governor Blagojevich to replace B.O. She is no saint either.

pilamaye on October 13, 2008 at 2:27 PM

having a mistress and trying to pick up teenagers over the internet are worlds apart.

MadisonConservative on October 13, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Sure. One is a betrayal, and the other is betrayal in like, a way that is like, a totally different wavelength, man.

I’m groovin’ to your moral vibe, man.

jeff_from_mpls on October 13, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Mahoney baloney.
Will the usual suspects report this hypocrisy?

Christine on October 13, 2008 at 3:48 PM

hawkdriver posting here from his brand new IMAC (Fulfilling the promise to boycott everything NBC and MS)

Looks like the Democratic Party’s chickens….
Have come home….
To roost!

Report it MSM. Report it to the level appropriate compared to the Foley scandal.

Hmmm, one guy sends some pretty disgusting text messages to pages and Nancy Pelosi says it’s a culture of corruption because the SOTH covered it up.

R. Emanuel and Nancy Pelosi ARE COVERING THIS UP!!!

Report it!

hawkdriver on October 13, 2008 at 3:51 PM

PS I just listened to the telephone conversation between Mahoney and the babe on Hannity. Mahoney is a dick. A power-drunk dick.

hawkdriver on October 13, 2008 at 3:57 PM

All right everyone- it’s time to start contacting all our network friends, ABC, CBS NBC,CNN, et all, and DEMAND that this little scandal be given the exact same amount of attention; All the greasy dirty details, and by the way- we expect at the end of every broadcast that they mention the Republican (Foley) was found innocent.

I won’t hold my breath on that last bit.

anniekc on October 13, 2008 at 4:15 PM

As long as you’re a Democrat, you could disembowel a small child and drink his blood on national television, and you’ll get a few disapproving headlines.

But if you’re a Republican picking his nose on camera, then you’ll get the long knives.

But hey, the media is completely non-partisan.

Pope Linus on October 13, 2008 at 4:15 PM

What ever happened to John Edwards………….?

Seven Percent Solution on October 13, 2008 at 4:24 PM

PS This is exactly the kind of behavior you can expect when you think the MSM is going to always run interference for you. What will occur in an Obama administration that the MSM will cover up because they don’t want the country to know what they helped do to us?

hawkdriver on October 13, 2008 at 4:27 PM

What ever happened to John Edwards………….?

Seven Percent Solution on October 13, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Can’t get anymore kitchen passes!

hee hee

hawkdriver on October 13, 2008 at 4:28 PM

I live west of Rush in his district also. The other scandal is that locals here have known about this affair and payoff for months and the Palm Beach Post has refused to cover it. The same PB Post editor that Bill O’Reilly shamed on his show for covering up the Wexler living in Maryland scandal.
Randy Schultz is that leftwing editor who kept it out of the PB Post for months. I hope Bill O pays him another visit.

roninacreage on October 13, 2008 at 6:15 PM