Florida Representative Admits to Having Multiple Affairs

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney, embroiled
in an adultery scandal and a tight race for re-election, admitted
today to having at least two affairs but insisted he broke no laws
and did not violate his oath of office.

The first-term Democrat conceded that one of the affairs began
as he was running on a family values platform to replace Mark
Foley. Foley is a Republican who resigned amid revelations that he
sent lurid Internet messages to male pages who had worked on
Capitol Hill as teenagers.

Mahoney apologized to his wife, his daughter and his
constituents, even as he maintained he hadn't been hypocritical.

Mahoney said (QUOTE): "I can understand why people would feel
that way and for those people, all I can say is, 'I'm sorry I let
you down."' Mahoney made the comments in his first set of
interviews since news broke earlier this week that he had a sexual
relationship with Patricia Allen, 50, whom he met while campaigning
in 2006.

Allen went to work for Mahoney's congressional office, then his
campaign. Mahoney said she was fired for performance issues, not
because of the affair.

Allen threatened to sue Mahoney for sexual harassment. They
reached a settlement to avoid a public airing, with her payout
coming from Mahoney's personal accounts, not from campaign funds or
federal dollars, he said.

Allen has not returned repeated telephone calls.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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