WASHINGTON (CNN) - Florida Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney called on the House ethics committee to investigate his own behavior after ABC News reported that he paid a former staffer who was also his mistress $121,000 to avoid a sexual harassment lawsuit.
Mahoney, who is married, did not directly address the ABC report, but said in a written statement, "I was notified this afternoon about a story that ran on ABC News' web site reporting allegations about a former employee. While these allegations are based on hearsay, I believe that my constituents need a full accounting. As such, I have requested the House ethics committee to review these allegations. I am confident that when the facts are presented that I will be vindicated."
The ABC story said Mahoney began an affair with Patricia Allen during his campaign in 2006. Allen was later hired to work for Mahoney's Florida congressional office. In addition to the $121,000 legal settlement, the story reports that Mahoney secured Allen a job at the consulting firm that handles his campaign commercials. A spokesman in Mahoney's campaign office in Florida declined to answer any questions regarding the allegations in the ABC report.
Mahoney's West Palm Beach area congressional seat was formerly held by Republican Mark Foley, who resigned in late 2006 after his own sex scandal involving inappropriate communication with male House pages.
A senior Democratic operative said that with these allegations surfacing in the same district that Mark Foley served, "the irony is not lost on any of us."
After Mahoney called for the investigation, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said, "I just learned today about the serious allegations concerning Congressman Tim Mahoney. These charges must be immediately and thoroughly investigated by the House Ethics Committee."
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, recently confronted Mahoney about a report that he had been unfaithful to his wife. According to DCCC spokeswoman Jennifer Crider, "After a rumor recently surfaced on a blog about Mr. Mahoney's affair, the chairman spoke briefly once with Mr. Mahoney about his responsibility as an elected
official to act appropriately and urged him to come clean with his constituents if there was any truth to the rumor."
In a sign of how politically devastating the allegations are for Mahoney's chances of re-election, The Cook Political Report, a publication that rates congressional races, swiftly moved its rating on Monday for his Florida seat from "Lean Democratic" to "Lean Republican."
know the republican s would never do that
now that i call honesty
CNN stop spining issues
and concentrate on facts
we know you want McBUsh again.
What would Sarah do? Call for an investigation of herself. YaBetcha .
CNN why this story but nothing on Sara Palin's alleged affair with her husband's partner?
I'M BEYOND TIRED OF THE CORRUPTION; NO MATTER WHICH PARTY
WHY DO WE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THIS CRAP????
WE NEED A REVOLUTION!!!
Another Demwitt in a sex scandal, oh me oh my it just unbelievable.
we are all LOL !!! Get rid of him........
I say it's time to out every politician for ethics and abuse of power. Palin has a real nerve standing in front of crowds and denying she was found guilty of abuse of power. the frightening thing is that there are many who will take her at her word. These are the voters we must fear more than the politicians who persuade them.
the silence is deafening.
Jeez, there's another pattern showing among Democrats.
Are you people sure you want Obama&Co. ?
What??? no stonewalling??? no rabid lawyers filing motions? no whining about baseless attacks by the liberal media???
oh, yeah, hes a Democrat....
I would not run for this seat! This is scary.
Wouldn't be the first time a Democrat had an affair while serving public office.
Sure Republicans have too, but seems to be more frequent in Democratic households.
Nice morals for our youth to look up to!
What an honest man good for him hope he is right about himself.
Didn't Palin just get a big report saying she was unethical?
Didn't McCain cheat on his wife and marry his mistress?????
Republican, Democrat, a rat is a rat, plenty on both sides, I am sure!!!!
How refreshing to actually have a politician call for an ethics investigation to review the allegations. WOW, better than calling for a Judge to block an investigation like the Republicans did for Palin. I'm not for the 2 party system, but I think this guy says it all for the Democrats.
I'M MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE AFFAIRS THAT PALIN HAS BEEN HAVING, HOW CAN SHE STAND TO LOOK AT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE FACE, SO MANY LIES, AND CRIMINAL ACTIONS, SHE NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED.
He must know he has nothing to hide. Good for him. Or did he just hide his crimes very well?
Well, at least the man is asking for a trial before being convicted by the media and or his rivals. I find that a bit refreshing rather than denial and slander!
Oh, a democrat.... yes.... :)
must be something in the water down there...that is Republican Mark Foleys old district...
Pretty impressive that he'd come out and basically say "dig all you want, I've got nothing to hide."
Unfortunately, Sarah Palin is the opposite – lie until people believe you.
Obama’s belief in the ultimate rule that the ends justify the means is untenable for a presidential candidate!
Would you trust Tim Mahoney or Obama? :(
John McCain is an adulterer! He admits and wears his shame on his arm (Cindy) He is that proud of his cheating, lying, ammoral self.
Bush lied and doctored reports to start his vendetta against Iraq and crippled Americas economy in the process.
John McCain is trying to lie himself into office. Palin is lying because the GOP tells her what to say.
That is the GOP way. Always has been always will be.
this is between him and his family
This is a report on a Democratic Congressional Rep. And all I read below except for a few are Palin Complaints lol. You people are rediculous. I can tell that most of the Palin Haters are sound byte intelectuals who murmur gossip like a drama oriented high school!
Notice how CNN buried this story in 'the ticker' instead of plastering it all over their front page like they do with Republican scandals..Not biased at all..
I find it interesting that some of you bloggers are some how trying to drag Sarah Palin into the conversation.. She has nothing to do with this perverted, corrupt democrat.