Congressman Mark Foley:

Reports circulated on the Internet earlier this week, indicating that in private emails, Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) had requested photographs of the page, asked what he wanted for his birthday, and inquired about his age. The emails may be viewed below.

A subsequent investigation by RAW STORY discovered that the addresses on the emails were indeed those of Foley and a now-seventeen year old boy, who forwarded them to a fellow staffer. There is no overtly sexual communication in Foley’s emails, and the age of consent in Washington, DC is sixteen.

Our investigation also uncovered a MySpace profile attached to the congressman’s personal address, containing very little information.

Foley’s office has told ABC News that it is their policy to keep pictures of former interns so that they could be remembered by anyone looking to recommend one. However, ABC also reports that the page did not work in Foley’s office.

RAW STORY spoke with several sources, who confirmed that they felt Foley was unusually friendly with young Hill pages, but failed to uncover anything of a more serious nature.

Mark Foley is a 52 year-old man and he’s asking for pictures from a sixteen year-old boy. (John has more on the emails)

Sorry. But that’s creepy. And it’s a shame because, despite Foley’s role helping George Bush steal the Florida election, he’s fairly moderate as far as Republicans go. And it’s not like he hasn’t been under the sexuality microscope before. If this blows up…and it probably will (Republicans will run away from him like he’s a Army recruiter), his replacement will likely be another Republican loon of the type we have come to expect from Florida.

As an aside, Foley was supposed to run for Bob Graham’s senate seat but dropped out leaving the candidacy to…Katherine Harris. Had he run and won the primary, and this happened, he’d probably still beat her numbers.

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