Washington (CNN) - Mark Foley may have departed the House of Representatives under a cloud of controversy in 2006, but the former Republican congressman is slowly reentering the political game in Florida.
Foley, who resigned from the House when it was revealed he sent lewd messages to male congressional pages, headlined a meeting of the Palm Beach County Young Republicans last week. According to the group's president, Foley was met with a warm response.
"His speech was wonderful," Young Republicans President Jackie Fay told CNN. "He spoke about the slate of freshman officials in the House and the Senate, how the American public will hold them accountable and not accept things as they were."
Foley also touched on government debt and the importance of the Young Republicans to the national party.
As first reported by the Palm Beach Post, not all of the reaction was positive; in the lead-up to the meeting, the group was criticized on Twitter for inviting the scandal-plagued politician.
"I thought it was incredibly close minded and petty," Fay said of the negative response. "The man resigned from office, served his time away from the public eye and wasn't demanding to be let back into everyone's good graces, he seems to be accepting opportunities that are extended to him.
After Foley resigned from the House in 2006, he entered treatment for alcoholism, and all but disappeared from politics. He recently began hosting a radio show in Palm Beach, and according to the Palm Beach Post, recently appeared at an event with newly-elected congressman Allen West (R-FL).