Foley blames his problems on pedophile priest

First it was alcoholism. Now disgraced former Rep. Mark Foley claims a pedophile priest is responsible for his problems.

Foley, who resigned amid disclosures of his inappropriate behavior with young male pages on Capitol Hill, now says a priest molested him when he was a young man.

The Associated Press reports:

Attorney David Roth, speaking on Foley’s behalf at a Florida news conference Tuesday, said Foley was molested between ages 13 and 15 by a clergyman. He declined to identify the clergyman or the church, but Foley is Roman Catholic.

"Mark does not blame the trauma he sustained as a young adolescent for his totally inappropriate" e-mails and instant messages, Roth said. "He continues to offer no excuse whatsoever for his conduct."

Roth, who spoke for Foley while the congressman is in rehab for alcohol abuse and mental illness, said Foley denied having inappropriate sexual contact with minors and said he was under the influence of alcohol when he wrote the notes.

Asked why he didn’t disclose this information sooner, Roth said, "Shame, shame."

"As is so often the case with victims of abuse, Mark advises that he kept his shame to himself for almost 40 years," Roth said.

"There was absolutely no inappropriate sexual contact with any minor… and any suggestion that Mark Foley is a pedophile is false," Roth said.

Roth also acknowledged for the first time that the former congressman is gay, saying the disclosure was part of his client’s "recovery."

"Mark Foley wants you to know he is a gay man," Roth said.

Foley, who is 52 and single, represented parts of Palm Beach County for 12 years until he abruptly resigned Friday. The FBI and Florida law enforcement officials are investigating whether he violated any laws.

The lurid communications were first reported last week by ABC News, which released more instant messages Tuesday that indicate Foley allegedly interrupted a vote on the House floor to chat online with a teen.

"I miss you," Foley said in one message, according to ABC.

"ya me too," the teen replied.

"we are still voting," Foley responded.

Roth said Foley was never under the influence of alcohol while conducting business on Capitol Hill. He could not explain his previous comments that Foley was intoxicated at the time he sent all the messages.

The race Foley abandoned is suddenly receiving national attention as Democrats seek to win 15 Republican seats to regain power in the House. Foley was considered a shoo-in for re-election. Tim Mahoney, the Democratic candidate for the seat, said the only thing that has changed since Foley’s resignation is that he is now receiving national media attention.

Mahoney declined to comment Tuesday on the latest revelations.

Florida’s Republican Party leaders on Monday selected state Rep. Joe Negron to replace Foley as their candidate in the Nov. 7 general election, but under state law, Foley’s name cannot be removed from the ballot even though he has withdrawn. Votes for Foley will be tallied for Negron.

At the Capitol, House Speaker Dennis Hastert cast aside calls for his resignation Tuesday amid talk from Democrats that Republicans knew of Foley’s questionable communications months ago but failed to act.

President Bush, speaking at a Stockton, Calif., elementary school, on Tuesday said he was disgusted by Foley’s actions. The House ethics committee scheduled its first meeting on Foley’s actions for Thursday.

22 Responses to "Foley blames his problems on pedophile priest"

  1. utilizera  October 13, 2006 at 2:59 pm
  2. tester  October 13, 2006 at 7:03 pm
  3. East Bay Will  October 4, 2006 at 2:31 pm

    Wow! I had no idea. Poor Mark Foley! NOTTTT!!!! Good try, though. This pig might have garnered some sympathy if he’d come up with this revelation like before he got caught. No, Mark is not the victim here. He has no claim to that now. He had choices, and made all the wrong ones — until he got caught. And that is the only thing he’s sorry for. And as for coming out? Puhleeeze, Mary! Go back — under your rock.

  4. Mark  October 4, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    He will now have ample opportunity to cruise the gay bars without fear of reprisal.
    As a liberal I couldn’t care less if he’s gay, that’s his own business and none of mine.
    He has blamed drink and church for his actions. Man up dude!
    It’s only yourself you can blame for this entire stupid blunder. I would like to personally thank him though for maybe opening a few more bleary republican eyes to the truth about the scum they elected and support.

  5. Bill Robinson  October 4, 2006 at 4:36 pm

    Actually, it was a priest, a Moslem Cleric, and a Rabbi who assaulted Foley when he was a tender youth. How do I know? Why, The Lord told me. What the hell, if you believe Foley, you should believe me, shouldn’t you?
    Of course you should. You know me as well as you know that pedophile Foley–the only difference is that I am not a pedophile. How do you know that? I’m an ex milkman who never shot up an Amish schoolhouse.

  6. susan  October 4, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    Meanwhile, habeas corpus is still off the radar screen.

  7. Matt  October 4, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    Where did Foley identify his attacker as a “priest?”

  8. David Rosenberg  October 4, 2006 at 9:52 pm

    First he put the blame on the old stand by, Alcohol. He picked that up from Mel Gibson, no doubt.
    He then figured alcohol alone wasn’t enough of an alibi. He’s Catholic, the Priest fallout went well so, why not jump on that bandwagon. Will he later name names, only if it gets to hot without them. Notice to any Priest who remembers Foley being in his congregation, get ready to maybe take some heat.

  9. Jim Broch  October 4, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    OK, he is trying to rationalize this anyway he can to not take responsibility? Standard Repug MO, right.

    But the comments I have been seeing in other blogs, such as http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/001666.php that he is under the “care” of scientologists is going to destroy the scant credibility he has. I have no doubt that they can help him “recover” false memories of his abuse

    The scientology news has yet to get into the MSM, but it will be enjoyable when it does

  10. Jackson  October 5, 2006 at 12:31 am

    When will Americans learn to detect a GOP diversionary tactic when they see one? As they and the DEMs commit treason against the people by destroying the Bill of Rights, and such pillars of our jurisprudence like Habeas Corpus, they throw fools a bone like this Congressman Foley! How easy it is to decieve and manipulate the gullible masses. They jump at the Foley bait, even while literally being stabbed in the back. When will they ever learn?

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  14. East Bay Will  October 4, 2006 at 2:31 pm
  15. Mark  October 4, 2006 at 3:14 pm
  16. Bill Robinson  October 4, 2006 at 4:36 pm
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  18. Matt  October 4, 2006 at 9:27 pm
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