Opinion: Former Rep. Mark Foley to debut as talk radio host tonight


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Yep, it’s true. There’s no shame in America, only a rehab industry. Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who left Congress in 2006 amid accusations he sent lurid e-mails to male House pages, is credited with helping to sour the electorate’s view of the Grand Old Party in a year when Nancy Pelosi and the Dems swept into power.

In the years since, he’s been in real estate investment, contemplating a return to politics.


Tonight, he makes his debut as a radio talk show host. ‘Inside the Mind of Mark Foley,’ billed by the station as a program that “will expose the inner workings of Washington, D.C.,’ airs at 6 p.m. EST on WSVU-AM (960) out of North Palm Beach, Fla. It can also be heard at

Inside the mind of Mark Foley? Does anyone really want to know?

Apparently the Conservative Republican Alliance does. In an interview, Foley held forth on several issues:

On his sex scandal: “I am solely responsible for the problems I faced in 2006. I took responsibility, I resigned from the job I loved and a career I had built for 30 years. I did not break any laws; however, I owed my constituents, my colleagues and my family a far better standard than I set.”

On returning to politics: “I doubt I will reenter the political arena as an office seeker, but I will use my experience and my voice to help others, to rally for economic sanity, to bring about real reforms on a local, state and even national level.”

On Florida Gov. Charlie Crist winning the Republican primary for Senate: “If anyone thinks this election for U.S. Senate is over, then they better pay attention. We are in a very unique time in America’s political life…. There are no sure bets in politics, and money alone is not the key barometer.”

-- Johanna Neuman

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