Foley promptly resigned after the transcripts were made public of an IM chat he had with a 16-year-old congressional page. ABC News has the goods:
Maf54: You in your boxers, too?If you're really brave, you can read the full transcript that ABC News has posted on its Web site, but be forewarned, itís graphic and highly explicit.
Teen: Nope, just got home. I had a college interview that went late.
Maf54: Well, strip down and get relaxed.
Maf54: What ya wearing?
Teen: tshirt and shorts
Maf54: Love to slip them off of you.
And this one:
Maf54: Do I make you a little horny?
Teen: A little.
In addition to creating a vacancy in the House, Foley's resignation means he will not be able to continue his work as chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, where he evidently had been doing a heck of a job.
The late-night comedians will surely have a field day with the scandal in coming weeks. Jay Leno fired the first volley:
"A Congressman from Florida, 52-year-old Mark Foley, resigned because of questionable emails he wrote to a former male page. The page as 16 years old at the time. And out of force of habit, the Catholic church offered to move him to another parish."
More Leno: "I don't think this Mark Foley guy gets it. When a reporter asked him what he's going to do after he resigned, he said, 'I'm going to Disneyland!' ... Actually, today he got a new job. He's going to join former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey's book tour."
More on the Foley Scandal
About.com's U.S. Politics Guide Kathy Gill has complete details on the latest developments in the scandal.
The New York Times reports that top Republican leaders knew for months about Foley's emails
Wonkette has the video of ABC News's report on the scandal
AMERICAblog is all over the story
Extreme Mortman looks at the difficulty of serving in Congress if your name is Foley
The Huffington Post looks at Republican sexcapades featuring the family values crowd in all their glory
The Washington Post has a history of congressional sex scandals