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Mark Foley talks candidly with Hannity, advises Weiner to get out of ‘that building’

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 by Dara Kam

In his first nationally televised interview since stepping down from Congress in disgrace five years ago, Mark Foley advised Democratic New York Rep. Anthony Weiner he should consider doing the same.

“In my heart, you cannot fix this from inside that building,” Foley, a Palm Beach County Republican, told FoxNews television host Sean Hannity Thursday night.

Foley spoke candidly with Hannity in a 20-minute interview scheduled prior to the “Weinergate” scandal in which Weiner first claimed his Twitter account had been hacked but later tearfully admitted he had sent inappropriate photos and messages himself.

“You cannot fix your problem. Whatever it is that’s troubling him. Beautiful wife, wonderful family, a great constituency. Obviously wasn’t enough for either one of us. He’s not going to get better going back into the building and hope people give him a pass,” Foley said.

Weiner refuses to step down despite growing demands for his resignation, including from fellow Democrats, since the brash New York Democrat’s public confession Monday that he had sent lewd messages and photographs to six women over the past three years. Weiner last fall was the keynote speaker for Palm Beach County Democrats’ annual fund-raising dinner.

“I know what he’s going through from the feeling of remorse because there’s no question you feel terrible,” said Foley, who was forced to resign in 2006 over sexually charged text messages he sent to teenage males who had worked in the congressional page program.

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Scott stumps in WPB one day before election

Monday, November 1st, 2010 by Dara Kam

Just one day before the crucial vote that will decide whether his $75 million investment paid off, Rick Scott included West Palm Beach in a last-minute appeal to Republicans.

U.S. Sen. George LeMieux climbed on the stage with Scott, also joined by Palm Beach County homeboys U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, outgoing Senate president and chief financial officer candidate Jeff Atwater, and a host of other local officials.

Mark Foley, who once held Rooney’s Congressional seat, also showed up in the crowd at Park Avenue BBQ Grille.

PBC businessman and longtime GOP donor Llywd Ecclestone, who escaped the restaurant parking lot heat under an awning, said he supports Scott’s plan to get the state’s economy back on track.

“He will create jobs and that’s what we need,” Ecclestone said.

But Scott’s pledge of 700,000 jobs is an ambitious goal, the developer acknowledged.

“It’s going to be difficult. It’s not going to be easy,” Ecclestone said.

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Not our poll, police union says of latest WPB survey on Frankel, term limits

Monday, June 7th, 2010 by George Bennett

Frankel

Frankel

UPDATE: Mayor Lois Frankel didn’t directly answer a question about the poll, telling a reporter “When I’m ready to talk about if and what I’m going to do, I’m going to let you know.”

Tongues are wagging again in West Palm Beach over the latest round of political polling calls, which included lots of questions about Mayor Lois Frankel and the term limits law that will prevent her from seeking a third term in March 2011.

Respondents over the weekend were asked their opinions of Frankel, former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley and former West Palm Beach Mayor Nancy Graham. They were also asked about the city’s term-limits law and whether it should be scrapped or extended to three four-year terms instead of two for the mayor. There were also questions about the pay dispute between the city and the police union.

The Police Benevolent Association did conduct a poll a few weeks back. But PBA leaders say they’re not behind this poll.

Frankel couldn’t immediately be reached this morning.

For Frankel to run for a third term in March, voters would have to change the city charter. The most likely scenario for doing that would be through a referendum on the November ballot. To get a question on the ballot, the county Elections Office says it would need language by mid-August.

For that to happen, a petition drive to force a ballot question would have to begin soon.

Stay tuned.

Police union poll tests Brandenburg for West Palm Beach mayor; she says she’s not running

Friday, May 14th, 2010 by George Bennett

Brandenburg: 'I'm running for the county commission'

Brandenburg: 'I'm running for the county commission'

A telephone poll conducted by the Police Benevolent Association this week asks respondents about declared 2011 West Palm Beach mayoral candidates Jeri Muoio and Molly Douglas and undeclared-but-considering-it candidate Kimberly Mitchell.

There’s also a favorable/unfavorable question about former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, who’s name has been floated as a potential mayoral candidate.

But the survey questions that have tongues wagging concern term-limited state Rep. Mary Brandenburg, a former city commissioner who’s running for Palm Beach County commission this year and says she’s not interested in a mayoral campaign.

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State Senate hopeful Merchant taps Mark Foley for host committee for Palm Beach fund-raiser

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 by George Bennett

Foley

Foley

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, who resigned in a 2006 Internet sex scandal that helped bring down the GOP majority in Congress, is on the host committee for a Palm Beach fund-raiser next week for Republican state Senate hopeful Sharon Merchant.

Merchant

Merchant

Foley has been raising his public profile — a weekly local radio show, a recent Forum Club lunch appearance, last week’s Radio and TV Correspondents dinner in Washington — but this is the first time a political candidate has publicized Foley’s support to try to raise campaign cash. Merchant is running in a GOP primary against former Wellington councilwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto.

Read about it in this week’s Politics column.

Mark Foley to make first post-scandal appearance in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 by George Bennett

Mark Foley at the Forum Club last week. Photo by Damon Higgins.

Mark Foley at the Forum Club last week. Photo by Damon Higgins.

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Foley continues to elevate his public profile.

Last week, he made his first appearance at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches luncheon since his 2006 resignation in a national firestorm over sexually charged Internet messages he sent to former congressional pages.

This week, Foley is planning to attend Wednesday night’s 66th annual Radio and TV Correspondents’ Dinner as a guest of Talk Radio News. It’s Foley’s first Washington appearance since his resignation, according to Foley publicist Jamie Holmes.

Foley On Politics airs Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on Seaview Radio 95.9 FM and 960 AM and at www.seaviewam960.com

GOP embraces Mark Foley — as precedent in Massa scandal

Thursday, March 11th, 2010 by George Bennett

Although Democrat Eric Massa has resigned from Congress amid sexual misconduct allegations, Republicans want a continued ethics inquiry into the Empire State tickler and how much Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders knew about his conduct.

Sound familiar?

As this Washington Post article notes, “GOP leaders cited as precedent the committee’s 2006 decision to investigate claims that Mark Foley, a Florida Republican, sent sexually explicit messages to former male pages. The committee’s decision came after Foley stepped down from Congress. That inquiry also examined how some House leaders ignored claims about Foley’s conduct while others tried to shield his behavior from public disclosure.”

The House voted 402-1 today to keep the Massa investigation open.

Mark Foley, Kevin McCarty re-emerge for Romney’s Forum Club speech

Monday, March 8th, 2010 by George Bennett

WEST PALM BEACH — Former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley and former GOP activist and bond underwriter Kevin McCarty are making their first post-scandal Forum Club appearances at today’s sold-out luncheon speech by Mitt Romney.

Foley, once a Forum Club regular, hasn’t been back since he resigned in a 2006 Internet sex scandal.

“People have been begging me to come back to the Forum Club,” Foley said as he worked the Kravis Center ballroom before the lunch.

McCarty was released in January after serving eight months in federal prison for failing to report wife Mary McCarty’s honest services fraud as a Palm Beach County commissioner. She’s serving a three-and-a-half-year sentence. Kevin McCarty declined to comment.

Mark Foley, on Facebook, weighs in on Democratic Sen. Max Baucus

Monday, December 28th, 2009 by George Bennett

There’s a spirited debate on the Internet over whether Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., was drunk when he turned in this rambling performance during the recent health care reform debate. Baucus was also in the news recently after it was revealed he had nominated his live-in girlfriend and former staffer for a U.S. attorney’s position in Montana.

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, who resigned in a 2006 scandal over sexually charged Internet messages to former congressional pages, links to the Baucus video on his Facebook page and says: “This is the senator that hired his staffer and then took her on trips…and divorced his wife….and they had me run out of town.”

Wexler bows out with $977,616 in campaign account

Friday, October 16th, 2009 by George Bennett

Wexler

Wexler

If he ever decides to reenter politics, departing U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, has $977,616 in left-over money in his campaign account, according to a report filed Thursday night.

Wexler announced this week he’s resigning in the middle of his seventh term to head a Middle East-focused nonprofit. A special election will fill his seat.

Wexler chief of staff and consultant Eric Johnson said his boss hasn’t decided what to do with the money, but is likely to keep a chunk of it in an open campaign account.

While state campaign accounts must be liquidated within 90 days of the end of a campaign, there’s no such requirement for federal accounts. Former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, for instance, still has nearly $1.2 million in his campaign account more than three years after he resigned. Candidates are not allowed to divert campaign money for personal use.

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