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Mark Foley blows town

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February 23, 2007

By AMIE PARNES

Mark Foley has been crisscrossing the country during the last several months, trying to get his post-congressional life in order.

Last week, the former congressman briefly resurfaced in Washington to pack up his Capitol Hill townhouse, which, according to a source, he had sold on Monday.

The mustard-colored, two-story historic home on D Street — where Foley was when he first found out the media knew about sexually charged online messages he had sent to teen congressional pages — sold in just one week on the market to an undisclosed buyer for $899,000, property records show.

Now, five months after resigning from Congress, Foley is back in Florida, readjusting to life there, the source said.

After leaving an Arizona rehabilitation center in November, where he was treated for alcohol and behavioral issues, Foley had spent time in Los Angeles, where stayed with one of his sisters while undergoing additional treatment at an outpatient facility.

Earlier this month he returned to West Palm Beach, Fla., where he was spotted waiting for his bags at Palm Beach International Airport.

Foley, 52, resigned from Congress in late September after reports surfaced he had exchanged a series of sexually explicit online messages with teens.

Since then, law enforcement agencies have launched investigations into Foley’s misconduct, including a criminal investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that “is still ongoing,” said Kristen Perezluha, a spokeswoman for the FDLE.

“The investigators are actively pursuing it,” Perezluha said on Thursday. “It is a priority.”

Meanwhile, the FBI continues its preliminary investigation. “We’re still pressing on,” FBI spokeswoman Deb Weirman said. “We’re investigating this on a daily basis. It’s not a dormant process.”

After resigning from Congress, Foley said a clergyman had sexually abused him when he was a teenager. Days later, a priest, Anthony Mercieca, who had worked at Sacred Heart Church in Lake Worth, Fla., in the mid-1960s, admitted having encounters with Foley, including massaging him in the nude. Mercieca, however, denied forcing himself on Foley or having sex with Foley.

David Roth, a lawyer for Foley, said the former congressman “does not blame the trauma he sustained as a young adolescent for his totally inappropriate e-mails” as a congressman. And, Roth added, “any suggestion that Mark Foley is a pedophile is false.”

(Contact Amie Parnes at parnesa(at)shns.com.)

8 Responses to Mark Foley blows town

  1. JimZ

    February 23, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Great title for that article! I almost believed it…

  2. Bill Jonke

    February 23, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Good pun!

  3. Lyleblog

    February 23, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    Appearantly, Total Information Awareness Failed.

    It must only apply to those who are not one of the 535 carrying Capitol Identification Cards.

    In Washington, when you are busted for a crime, all you have to do is resign, as Irwin Libby did, and be re-assigned to another position, such as the Heritage Foundation.

    Mark Foley will skate on this. He knows too much.

  4. KayInMaine

    February 23, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Aaaaaa, Mark Foley has turned another page in his life…..

    Oh the puns of it all!

  5. The South Point

    February 24, 2007 at 5:58 am

    Markie’s my he-ee-ro…!

  6. Ed E Kit

    February 24, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    I nominate the Headline for the Best of the Best — this week.

  7. LincolnDem

    February 26, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Another news item in the “ho hum” category. Let’s move this bum out of the news, shall we, before someone gives him an Oscar for stupidity.

  8. Unicorn

    February 26, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    How many times are you going to repeat this article? This is the second time . . .