FBI to Investigate Florida Congressman
Congressman Mark Foley of Fort Pierce says he's deeply sorry. In a written statement, he apologies for letting down his family and the people of Florida.
The statement didn't give any reason for his decision to abruptly end his 12 year career in the U.S. House. But, the resignation comes in the wake of questions about e-mails Foley wrote to a former male page.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert accepted Foley's letter of resignation.
HASTERT: As of now, he's done the right thing. I've asked the head of the page board to look into this issue regarding Congressman Foley. We want to make sure all our pages are safe and the page system is safe.
Foley was running for re-election this term. His campaign acknowledged that in August 2005, the congressman sent five e-mails to the male page, who was 16-years-old at the time. Campaign aides have said there's nothing inappropriate in them.
But Foley's Democratic opponent Tim Mahoney recently called for an investigation into the issue.
Foley had been considered a shoo-in for a seventh term representing Florida's 16th congressional district. The district cuts east-west across the state, including cities like Fort Pierce in the east and Port Charlotte to the west.
©2015 WUSF. All rights reserved.