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Mark Foley: It's an 'amazing stretch' to compare me to Omar Mateen's father



Former Rep. Mark Foley said Donald Trump’s campaign did not know he was going to attend the Sunrise rally yesterday, but Foley said it is “an amazing stretch” to compare him to the father of the Orlando Pulse shooter who turned up at a Hillary Clinton event.

“I was surrounded by local GOP leaders, we were in a little group. It wasn’t a big deal,” Foley said Thursday, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Foley called a “very gracious” friend who “welcomed me back to Mar-a-Lago after I had my fall from grace.”

As for his 2006 congressional page scandal, Foley said: “I was very disappointed in myself and I was sad to have let my constituents down … I made a mistake and I paid dearly for it,” Foley said.

But, he added, “I have every right to attend political events.”

[Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:37am]


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