It is ironical that Tim Mahoney who succeeded Mark Foley is also caught in a sex scandal. Mark Foley had also had to resign as he was embroiled in one. There is a congressional ethics investigation on to clear his name.
He got into trouble when he agreed to pay a settlement of $121,000 to a former mistress. He had to promise this payment as she was threatening to sue him. She had been working on his staff. This scandal made him lose his house seat. as he belongs to an area, which is very conservative. ABC News first reported this.
Mr. Mahoney should have been careful as Representative Foley, a Republican, had got into trouble when his lewd Internet messages to Congressional pages created a national scandal.Mr. Mahoney feels that the truth when it comes out would vindicate him.
“While these allegations are based on hearsay, I believe that my constituents need a full accounting,” Mr. Mahoney claimed in a written statement. “As such, I have requested the House Ethics Committee to review these allegations.”
The Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also called for a House ethics inquiry on Monday. it is alleged that the money, which was not a part of campaign funds, was paid as part of a severance package to the aide, Patricia Allen.
The Democrat staff members say that Mrs. Mahoney was aware if this payment. This money was paid as a severance payment and an agreement that she would not be a part of any campaign for a year. The agreement also promised her a job at Fletcher Rowley Chao Riddle, which is a Nashville firm that handled Mr. Mahoney’s advertising