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Republicans Rally the Troops Against Mahoney

Less than 24 hours after ABC News reported that Florida Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney had paid off a former mistress to keep her quiet, Republicans at the state and national level are moving -- unsurprisingly -- to take advantage.

The Florida Republican Party launched a web video featuring some of the most damaging passages in the ABC report as well as audio of Mahoney speaking with his alleged mistress.

"Tim Mahoney -- he's cleaning up the mess in Washington alright," says the ad's narrator. "His own."

The National Republican Congressional Committee also released a detailed statement on the matter today that sought to broaden the scope of the inquiry into what House Democratic leaders knew and when they knew it.

"Hiding the truth three weeks before an election does a grave disservice to voters who deserve full disclosure from a Congressman seeking re-election," said NRCC Chairman Tom Cole. "It's clear Speaker Pelosi would like to sweep this matter under the rug through a lengthy investigation, rather than shine the light of truth on the facts."

With what looks to be a wave building behind them three weeks before the November election, the last thing Democratic leaders want is to have to deal with questions about an alleged cover-up in the Mahoney matter. They would gladly sacrifice the Florida congressman -- not exactly a favorite among his own colleagues -- for the 20-plus seats they appear positioned to pick up on Nov. 4.

Remember that the scandal surrounding Rep. Mark Foley in 2006 in this same seat quickly became part of the national conversation and, according to many Republicans, served as the final straw for voters sick of Republican rule.

The Mahoney allegations lack the salaciousness of the charges surrounding Foley (who sent salacious instant messages to underaged House pages) and, so far, haven't drawn the same amount of national attention. (Matt Drudge, however, is ALL OVER the story with four separate links on his eponymous web site.)

Democrats want this story -- and Mahoney -- to go away as quickly as possible. And, judging from the early reaction by political handicappers, they will likely get their wish. The Cook Political Report moved Mahoney's seat today to a "lean Republican" ranking -- a sign of his growing political peril.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 14, 2008; 6:34 PM ET
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This is some good stuff. The way you people attack Obama's credentcial is amazing.
I don't here a single solitary person bragging about Sarah's resume and expierence.

I guess if you wear a dress and look that's all you need to make it in this country.

5 different community colleges
less the 2 yrs as Gov.
A mayor in a town that the population is less than that a NFL football game.
A complete liar

Posted by: MDickey28 | October 15, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha I am laughing my begebees off right now. I really never knew there were so many hateful people in American. Obama doesn't have to prove anything else he already has. That is why he's the Democratic front runner for President. He wasn't choosen by blacks alone but by a large vast majority of white's, latino's and other ethinc groups.

When will you hatemongers get over it. The Rev Wright thing didn't come from Obama. That was the opinionated statement of one man.Everyone has an opinion. Obama didn't make the statement Rev. Wright did.

To set the record straight if you are part of a church and you pay tithes you are required by God's law to pay 10% in tithes. $200,000= $20,000 this was set up by God himself not man.

When the RNC can control it rallies and hold those people accountable for displaying racial hatred toward people of color (holding a stuffed monkey with a Obama sticker on it, comeon now let's get real) then you might have something to talk about.

As far as Sen. Obama resume. I wish I had a resume of that magnitude. The credential that he carries behind him is simply remarkable.

I'm almost 50yrs old and he has inspired me to get back in school an complete that what I didn't finish and get my BA

We welcome people like him.

last thing it doesn't matter if you are democrat or republican if you corrupt and the people find out about it we are going to get you out of office we don't want you there. That is the problem that we have there now. TOO MANY CROOKED PEOPLE IN OFFICE.

Posted by: MDickey28 | October 15, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

This IS different than Foley--and much worse.

Mahoney gave Mistress #1 a taxpayer-funded job, paid her over $100K to keep quiet and tried to get a job that would have been paid through campaign funds. At the same time, Mistress #1 was working for Mahoney's "pleasure", he was also dating Mistress #2 who asked him for millions of dollars in FEMA funding for her county--which Mahoney (with the help of Pelosi and Emmanuel) apparently delivered.

You're not seeing a "GOP attack". You're seeing Democrats talking to the press off the record because they're trying to distance themselves from a U.S. Congressman under federal investigation.

Of course, people tend to talk when guys wearing darks suits and flashing FBI badges show up on your doorstep.

Ask any reporter that has reported on this story whether their sources have been Democrats or Republicans, and you'll find out they're universally Democrats.

Posted by: law_dog | October 15, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

What Mahoney did should have absolutely nothing to do with the presidential election. It has nothing to do with either candidate.

But I have no doubt that the GOP will try some way to make it relevant. But if they do, then we need to remember Vitter and all the other GOP officials that are just as guilty.

Bottom line is that adultery knows no party specific. It is more about men in general than it is about either party.

In particular, wealthy or priviledged men think they can have affairs, hit strip clubs, or act upon any other sexual desires they choose because they think they have the right.

I cannot tell you how many married men have approached me over the years, wanting to jump in the sack. Let me tell you, I enjoy putting them in their place for all the good it does. They just move on looking for a willing partner.

They make me sick with their arrogant attitude and disregard for their wives and children.

I will tell you more men cheat than don't or at least TRY to cheat than don't. Granted the rich and good-looking get many more hits than yucky old men!!

So don't try to take this stuff and make it an issue in the presidential campaign because all of you pigs are guilty of this. Some of you just get caught! That is the only difference.

Posted by: HelenaShaw | October 15, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Why don't you write an article about John McCain's extr-marital affairs? It is a pretty ugly picture. Why don't you tell folks about THAT??!!

Posted by: HelenaShaw | October 15, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Fundamentalist wing nuts should be happy with this guy.

He likes to have sex with women, their biblically approved lifestyle. Don't tell me that their heroes in the Bible didn't fool around. I know better. I actually read the juicy parts.

The Rays are going to the series!

Posted by: seemstome | October 15, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

It's a good thing we have conservative christians to keep us all on the straight and narrow path of Family Values, eh? What would we do if left to our own devices? Can I have my separation of church and state back now please?

Posted by: irae | October 15, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Let's see, the guy is straight, likes to have sex with women and pays to hide it.
Mark Foley and Senator Craig are gay, but don't pay to hide it. What's the big deal?
Who cares?
The Rays are going to do it tonight in Boston!

Posted by: seemstome | October 15, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

"Democrats want this story -- and Mahoney -- to go away as quickly as possible. And, judging from the early reaction by political handicappers, they will likely get their wish."

Does anyone beleive that if this was a Republican that it would "go away quickly"? It will go away quickly because the media is biased and don't want to do anything to hurt Obama and the Democrats during an election year. Do you see anything in today's Washington Post about Acorn? You know that Democrat/Obama voter registration organization that has been perpetuating the worst case of voter fraud in this country's history? Strangely enough I cant find a single article.

Posted by: RobT1 | October 15, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

"because usually a Presidential candidate is running on PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS AN ADULT."

Then why comment on his HLR experience or cocaine use?

Oh yeah, because 37+0 is a frothing racist.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 15, 2008 5:02 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic leadership has already begun disavowing Mahoney (as they should). There is no room in either party for this type of behavior. Considering all the publicity of recent numerous sex scandals, it's amazing (and incredibly stupid) that it continues....

Posted by: RickJ | October 15, 2008 4:07 AM | Report abuse

There are guys (and presumably gals) in every profession who have trouble with their zippers or the female equivalent. however this guy takes the cake. His predecessor was removed from office for having inappropriate contact with a page boy. Why did this guy even think he could get away with it. If this happened before he ran he never should have run! There are no secrets in today's politics. If he had to pay off this woman, that means they did not separate amicably. If they did not separate amicably, she was bound to talk. If it happened after he got elected he is doubly stupid.

Posted by: Opa2 | October 15, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

More Republican tinkle-down economics.
If you're middle-class, you get peeeeeed on.

Posted by: cwh2 | October 15, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Hurray for Republican tinkle-down economics! If you're middle-class, you get peeeeeed upon.

Posted by: cwh2 | October 14, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

There are certainly crooked Democrats, as well. The difference is that those of us on the left acknowledge when those on our side do wrong. We don't make excuses for them.

However, I am sure McCain will try and tie this in to Obama. It is all he has left.

As for McCain's recent playing the victim, Keith Olbermann had one of his best 'special comments,' tackling John McCain head on.

Watch Olbermann go for it.

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 14, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain took his campaign down into the gutter, and now all the nuts are rolling to him. Some have computers and know how to cut and paste the same crap into a comment box over and over and over.
This is a new politics for a new time. Put all the partisan rancor behind. I pledge that if Obama wins, I will give a McAniac a hug.

Posted by: samharold | October 14, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I will sleep much better, now that I've dusted my word into tidiness. All sexual immorality can be laid at the feet of Barney "Oscar Meyer" Frank[s]; all I need to know in order to measure someone's patriotism is how long they served in the US armed forces; and anyone who ever opposed George W. "forcibly nationalize the banks" Bush is a socialist.

And God forbid that we ever have national health care! That would really be the last straw!


Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Palin made a call in appearance on the Rush's show today. When asked about the tone of her attacks during her rallies she said and I quote "I have nothing to lose". Even Rush was a little taken back. This woman doesn't seem to give a sh&t anymore. She has gone from a stooge who they could tell to say anything, to a loose cannon driven by her own ambition. If you watch her now when she and Mccain appear together she will interrupt Mccain and just go off on some tangent of her own often having to be corrected by Mccain. They have no control of her anymore, she thinks she is a star. I know for a fact she is fielding several book offers in the millions of dollars as well as a made for TV movie deal. It is looking to any rational person Mccain and Palin are not going to win and she has plans of her own now. I suspect she will be telling stories and naming names. She is going to destroy what even legacy Mccain would have had left when this is over. I have to tell you I will probably read it. I seriously doubt she has any real interest in being VP with all the headaches it will entail. She can't wait to move on to her new life as a celebrity. Certainly a commentator on Fox with a million dollar contract. Who wants to be VP when you can be Paris Hilton so to speak. Mccain had no idea what a real self centered monster he hooked up with. She will destroy Mccain and become a star in the mean time. We will not have heard the end Of Sarah Palin after Nov. 4, but I bet Mccain will wish he never heard of her at all.

Posted by: popasmoke | October 14, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Why are people who have to pay off mistresses running for public office? It's not a leading question, I really would like to know. This man's an obvious jerk and deserves to see his head served to him on a platter (if that's possible).

Meanwhile, soldiers risk their lives, people lose jobs, and the nation's economy is in a precarious state.

We could do without politicians like this one.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 14, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse



A great deal has been said of Obama as head of the Harvard Law Review - justified, because the evidence is that he was voted into that position because he was more qualified than the other students.

Having said that, Obama's impact on the review was huge, despite NEVER writing for the Harvard Law Review.

There is NOT ONE ARTICLE WRITTEN BY OBAMA IN THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW. He demonstrated his brilliant leadership at an early age.

There is a pattern of Obama getting positions or jobs through drive, guts, and ambition, and then EXCELLING doing those jobs.

1) First, he took a position in the class at Harvard Law School (from a MILLION applications) then became a lawyer,

2) Obama became head of the Harvard Law Review

3) Obama became a State Senator, voting his conscience many many times.

4) Obama was selected to be the Chairman of the SubCommittee to review NATO's role in Afghanistan, an area that is the only success in the so-called WAR ON TERROR.

5) Obama was elected to the US Senator, AND HAS DONE A GREAT JOB!!!



Posted by: Oand37thStreet | October 14, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse


NEWSWIRE--A Florida congressman denies any wrongdoing in secret payments made to his former mistress.

From the weather, when I sweat,
It's not the heat; it's the humidity.
For politicians, my regret
Is not deceit; it's the stupidity.
Light verse, ripped from the headlines

Posted by: newsandverse | October 14, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

The issue with Mahoney (if you'll allow me to return to the story at hand) is, at its most basic politically, simply one of hypocrisy. I don't care if you are Dem or GOP. If you campaign on slogans like "faith, family and personal responsibility," be prepared to live up to those words. There are a lot of congressmen who have been nailed -- rightfully -- by the press for not being able to. Mahoney should be no different -- and especially when some members of the press already know this is no isolated situation with him.

Posted by: enicol | October 14, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Straight Sex wheres the beef?

Posted by: grandstreetfund | October 14, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

"Nancy Pelosi and Barney Franks are two more crooks in congress. I hope all the democrats who voted for Obama wear their DNC Dunce Hats."

It's "Frank" not "Franks," genius.

Posted by: bondjedi | October 14, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

While the budget deficit soars to a record somewhere beyond the orbit of now minor planet Pluto, wall street is conning the retirees out of their hard earned money, Millions are becoming working homeless, and the financial system collapses under trickle down mark to market Enronomics, the republicans again are more interested in sex between consenting adults while defending an adulteress separatist vice presidential candidate and Mr. Mahoney's predecessor Gay pedophile Mark Foley. Should they expend as much energy and hot air on serving the public good and less on sex, drugs, lies, and video tape we might still respect them as the ruling class. The only thing that ever trickled down on the rest of us was warm, slightly yellow in color, and repugnant in oder. Asode from a far more honest government, voting democratic will help in the war against global warming by shutting up the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, Ingram, Levin, and other paid hacks of the "moral majority"!

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | October 14, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi and Barney Franks are two more crooks in congress. I hope all the democrats who voted for Obama wear their DNC Dunce Hats when they have to impeach this 'Phooney'

Posted by: JWx2 | October 14, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

37th&O - National polls are starting to show Obama with a double digit lead. Keep up the good work - you are so effective.

How come your dumb MySpace page is ranting about the impropriety of Mahoney having a mistress, that if he were a real man he would be cruising airport bathrooms or hooking up with pages, GOP-style? Please explain.

Posted by: bondjedi | October 14, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Drudge is propaganda, not news; hence, writing about Drudge is likewise not news.

You'd think the Republicans would be more supportive of someone who messed around with someone of the opposite gender and the age of consent. It's a step up from their previous guy on both counts.

Posted by: FlownOver | October 14, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Key McCain Transition Adviser Lobbied for Saddam!

Check it out:

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 14, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Is this worse than a sick closeted queen named Mark Foley preying on pages? Please...

Posted by: onehitwonder | October 14, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse


We want to hear about Palin and the Alaska Independence group.

Men and seniors have now moved to Obama.

Obama WILL complete the work begun by Abe Lincoln.

The Dream will become Reality.

Everyone wins.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 14, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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