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DUI arrest for ex-Fla congressman



Associated Press: Former U.S. Congressman Tim Mahoney was arrested on a DUI charge after police said they found him sleeping in mahoney.jpghis parked car on a South Florida road early Saturday. Mahoney also acknowledged a 2007 affair with a high-ranking Martin County official in his district around the time he successfully lobbied the Federal Emergency Management Agency to give the county a $3.4 million hurricane cleanup reimbursement.

Mahoney, a Democrat who filled former Congressman Mark Foley's seat, was sleeping behind the wheel around 3 a.m. Saturday in Palm Beach Gardens, police said. Fifty-four year-old Mahoney was charged with DUI "based on the investigation and after talking to the driver," Palm Beach Gardens Police Commander William Brandt said.

No other details were given. Mahoney, a multimillionaire venture capitalist, was released on his own recognizance Saturday morning, according to a jail spokeswoman.

A telephone message left for Mahoney was not immediately returned Saturday.

It's the second scandal to rock Mahoney in recent years. The political newcomer who ran on a family values platform lost his re-election bid in 2008 after revealing he'd had several affairs and put one of his lovers on the federal payroll as a congressional staffer. She later became a campaign worker.

He then fired her - he says for performance issues - and paid her $121,903 to keep her quiet and avoid a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Mahoney has insisted he broke no laws. His wife later filed for divorce.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 7, 2011 11:36am]


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