The Palm Beach Post has published emails between ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) and Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) suggesting that the White House considered Foley a political liability as early as 2004 and asked him not to attend events with President Bush.
Foley wrote to Gov. Bush on Sept. 29, 2004:
Have I done something to offend the White House … I am always getting the shaft … they came to ft pierce a few weeks ago and said I was not allowed to attend … yet joe negron is there …
Tomorrow Potus is in Martin County and I am told I am not allowed to be there either. I can’t quite figure what I have done but this is a continuing pattern of slights … I have constantly put the President in the best possible light on everything from haiti to hurricanes … sorry to trouble you … and I wouldn’t if this wasn’t so frequent …
Gov. Bush responded that day: “I will try to help. I know it is nothing you have done. Promise. I think it relates to debate prep time. Jeb.”
Foley also sent Jeb Bush “a cryptic message in the fall of 2005, roughly coinciding with the time” that a former page complained to Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA) about inappropriate emails from Foley.
“I need your thoughts on something … are you in south florida or somewhere we can meet up,” Foley messaged Bush on Oct. 3, 2005.
“I am up in Tallahassee. Will a call suffice?” Bush responded.
Foley asked Bush to call him at his Fort Pierce office or on his cellphone.
At today’s press conference, Tony Snow issued a non-denial denial when asked whether President Bush didn’t want to be seen with Foley. “As far as we know the answer is no,” Snow said, “but I’ll try to give you an actual definitive [answer].” We’ll be waiting.