Oh, the irony:
West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL), whose predecessor resigned in the wake of a sex scandal, agreed to a $121,000 payment to a former mistress who worked on his staff and was threatening to sue him, according to current and former members of his staff who have been briefed on the settlement, which involved Mahoney and his campaign committee….
Mahoney was elected two years ago following the abrupt resignation of his disgraced predecessor, Republican Mark Foley, whose lewd internet messages to teenage boys and Congressional pages created a national outrage.
Lest we forget, the scandal involving Mark Foley (whose AIM handle was Maf54, hence this post's title) had a serious effect on the 2006 elections. And on downward-sloping approval ratings for Congress. A serious part of it was the hypocrisy involved: Foley was a proponent of wide-ranging databases and tough laws to police cyberstalking of kids online.