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

Disgraced former Republican Florida congressman Mark Foley, now radio talk show host

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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So...he said he never was drunk on the job. Then he said to the teenager that he was about to take a vote. Then he said he never texted the kids except when he was drunk. So... A+B=C -- Were you drunk at work or were you not drunk when you texted the teenagers? It's one or the other.

Turning over a new page in his life?

Who cares is he was drunk or not. Is that an excuse for being a pedophile? I don't think so. Or "oh, I'm only interested in gay under age sex when I'm drunk?" This guy is a creep and at best a hypocrite. He deserves no voice what so ever.

Didn't DEMOCRAT BARNEY FRANK have a Gay Escort Service in his home? I'm not defending Foley, but the obvious double standard is ridiculous.

Who's his sidekick, Larry Craig?

It's clear why conservative Republicans admire Mark Foley. As long as their advocates say the 'right' things in public, it doesn't matter what they do in private.

Just ask Sen Larry Craig, Sen Jon Vitter, Rep Robert Baumann, operative Terry Dolan, Rev Ted Haggard, Rep Helen Chenoweth, Gov Mark Sanford, Mayor Jim West, Rep Randal Ankeney, operative Parker Bena, Christian Coalition chair Louis Beres, Rep Ken Calvert, operative Neal Horsley, Rep Ed Schrock ... and a hundred others.

The party of 'family values' continues to implode in the laughing stocks of hypocrisy, with a minimum of two faces for all.

What a nice parachute!

In all of my life I have never experienced a political party that tells so many LIES.. If I had to vote for the biggest liar of all, President Obama gets my vote. In number 2 position is Nancy Pelosi, and in No. 3 position is Harry Reid.

Abba Father, please forgive them for they no no what they are doing.Amen


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