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Foley emails to page become campaign issue



A Democratic congressional candidate is calling for an investigation of Rep. Mark Foley over an email exchange he had with a teen-age boy who had been a congressional page.

Jessica Santillo, a spokeswoman for Tim Mahoney, who is running against the Ft. Pierce Republican, called it “a matter for the appropriate authorities to investigate.”

The Foley campaign, responding to a barrage of news media questions about the emails, said Mahoney’s campaign was engaging in “character assassination.”

The boy served as a page to a Louisiana congressman last year and came to know Foley, 52. He sent the congressman a thank-you note when his term as a page ended. After the boy returned to his home in Louisiana, Foley used his personal email account to correspond with the teen.

In the exchange, Foley asked the boy about weathering Hurricane Katrina and wrote, “send me an email pic of you.” In another email, Foley told the boy he was on a break from Congress and was in Florida. He asked the boy “how old are you now?”

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:48pm]


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