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Q&A: Rep. Mark Foley keeping a low profile since resigning from Congress

Mark Foley resigned from Congress after e-mails to underage male pages became public.

Associated Press (2008)

Mark Foley resigned from Congress after e-mails to underage male pages became public.

Foley keeping a low profile since resigning from Congress

With the recent high-profile sex scandals of Gov. Mark Sanford and Sen. John Ensign, the name of former Rep. Mark Foley has come up, since he was in a scandal of his own a few years back. What is Foley doing these days?

Former Rep. Mark Foley remains in the Palm Beach area, dabbling in real estate investments, just as he did before becoming a congressman in 1994.

Foley rides his bicycle along the water and works out at a local gym. Last year, he bought a condo unit in a downtown West Palm Beach high-rise.

His public appearances at lavish galas are rarer than they used to be. He has also largely stayed out of the media spotlight since resigning from Congress in 2006. He does, however, have a presence in the social networking world, maintaining a Facebook page:

Foley left Congress after being confronted with salacious e-mails and instant messages he sent to underage, male congressional pages.

Pirates sitting out monsoons

Maybe it is just me, but I have not heard of one successful or even attempted pirate attack in months. Why has this slowed down so much? Does it have to do with increased violence in their homeland?

Pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia's east coast have dropped off sharply in recent weeks after peaking in March and April, but nobody believes piracy is over in the region.

International navy patrols in the gulf have helped to thwart pirate activity, and seasonal monsoons that whip up winds and waves have forced pirates to curb operations. The skiffs they use to pursue and board ships are vulnerable in the rough weather.

However, the monsoons are expected to subside by September, and most experts predict attacks will escalate around that time.

Military vessels are hard-pressed to cover the vast expanse of ocean along Somalia's coastline, and pirates using "mother ships" have shown more reach and versatility in finding new areas to prowl.

Also, the fundamental problems behind the piracy, Somalia's internal chaos and lack of effective law enforcement, suggest the phenomenon will endure for a while.

'Burn Notice' star is familiar

The female star of Burn Notice, Gabrielle Anwar, made an earlier movie my kids loved. In it she was in an old-time circus. She rode a horse up a high ramp and then jumped off into a tank of water. She went blind. What was the name? Can this be gotten on DVD?

You are thinking of 1991's Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, which also starred Cliff Robertson. It is on DVD.

Q&A: Rep. Mark Foley keeping a low profile since resigning from Congress 07/26/09 [Last modified: Sunday, July 26, 2009 4:30am]
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