Mark Foley On Rick Perry: ‘I’m Not Going To Hurt Him’ By Endorsing Him | Disgraced former GOP Congressman Mark Foley still dabbles in politics, hosting a radio talk show and making occasional media appearances, but he clearly seems aware that he can’t outrun his past. Foley was forced to resign after he was caught sending sexually explicit messages to male teenage congressional pages — and since has come out as gay. Speaking with Newsmax TV about the 2012 election, Foley said he likes Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), but said, “I’m not endorsing him, I’m not going to hurt him like that.” Watch it:
On Hannity, Mark Foley Says It Should Be Legal For Adults To Talk Dirty To Minors Online |
In a bizarre interview last night, Fox News Sean Hannity invited disgraced former GOP Rep. Mark Foley (FL) to discuss the Anthony Weiner scandal. Foley resigned in 2006 after he sent sexually explicit emails to teenage congressional pages. Conducting Foley’s first national interview in five years, Hannity asked Foley whether people should “go to jail” for sending explicit emails and instant messages to children “like you did.” Foley flatly stated, “No.” “Should they be arrested?” Hannity followed up. Foley: “No.”
Today, former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) finally broke his two-year silence after the revelations about his lurid IM conversations with congressional pages. Foley conceded that his behavior was “extraordinarily stupid,” but throughout the AP interview, he stayed on the defensive:
– Says he’s not a pedophile: “The work I was doing was involving young children … You know, you hear the term ‘pedophile.’ That is prepubescent,” Foley said, noting a “huge difference” from lurid chats with teens on the brink of adulthood.
– The children didn’t say no: “There was never anywhere in those conversations where someone said, “Stop,” or “I’m not enjoying this,” or “This is inappropriate,” he said.
It was a “momentary lapse of judgment,” Foley claimed. But he “carried on the computer conversations for months, asking about masturbation, sex, and other details,” the AP notes.
UPDATE: Watch part an interview with a West Palm Beach television station: