November 4th, 2008
10:24 PM ET
13 years ago

Mahoney loses on heels of scandal

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Mahoney admitted to affairs."]

NEW YORK (CNN) - A Democratic lawmaker who won his seat after his predecessor became mired in scandal lost his bid for re-election after becoming embroiled in scandal himself.

Rep. Tim Mahoney of Florida's 16th district was defeated by Republican Tom Rooney, a lawyer and former Army officer.

Mahoney recently admitted having two extramarital affairs and paying one woman to keep quiet. He won his seat in 2006 partly by stressing family values after Republican Rep. Mark Foley resigned in disgrace. Foley had sent racy Internet messages to male former Capitol Hill pages.

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Peter (CA)

    That's the way it should be....doesn't matter if they are Democrats or Republicans. This kind of stuff has no place in a government that is supposed to be responsive to the people.

    November 4, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. Jay

    Men are pigs....has nothing to do with their work for the public

    November 4, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  3. Melvin

    Looks like McPain has been crowned President of the Confederacy as he/she campaigned to be.

    November 4, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. Jay Ontario Canada

    Why with 78 % reported have you not called the sunshine state... Do you want us to watch your station till 6 am

    November 4, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  5. Andrew

    Im a democrat and i think this turned out exactly as it should. These types of actions have no place in politics and just cause people to lose faith in their elected officials. I was 13 when the Clinton scandal took place, but was still disgusted when i heard about it.

    November 4, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. Anthony W Kime

    This is beyond party lines it is up to the indivilual. If it is was good enough for the gay republican to lose his job than it is good enough for the Straight democrait. The people have spoken.

    November 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Kristopher

    This is America, common sense is a Federal crime.

    November 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. Sara

    Why do countries with predominately black people enslave their own, kill their own, exterminate their own, starve their own, and do it in America as well even after they are elected officials??? And why do white people get blamed for correcting what blacks started and continue to do all over the world???


    Prejudice is right!!!

    You Are!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. Independent Mary

    This is the exact same reason that MCCAIN should lose also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  10. Meta

    I find it funny as a 31 year old white female in Democratic NY who is Republican to hear your analyst call the Republican party a bunch of confederate old white men!! I am very proud to be a rpublican, I would like to point out how my Democratic state Mrs. Clintons Senate seat, has one of the largest budget issues in the country!! I believe this counrty still needs values, and the Repubican party still believes that. Don't clump me with the "old boys" just because I have beliefs and principals that I in!! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

    November 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. Edward

    Ignorance can be fixed.
    Stupidity cannot.
    8 years later, look how much American voters have learned.

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  12. james

    hmmm makes you wonder how much work these politicians actually do since they seem to have so much time to have affairs. Do these guys have no shame???

    November 4, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  13. Tiff of lithia springs



    November 4, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |

    Think with the big head next time!!

    November 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. Gena

    I'm a Democrat who totally agrees with this outcome. Mahoney's actions are deplorable – and render him undeserving of re-election.

    November 4, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. Anon

    "Family values"? You, sir, are disgraceful.

    November 4, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. Philip

    CNN: You know what won this election?


    We've had to sit on our hands for the last 4 years... For the last 8 years really...

    It's even hard to be entirely celebratory tonight – We are satisfied and elated with the results, don't get me wrong. But deep, simmering anger is what is winning the day.

    Finally; good riddance.

    This country is bigger and better than what they had hoped to turn it into. We're claiming it back; it is ours. Get out of the way. We are the face of "real" America. Look at us in the eyes tonight in Chicago.

    Now, let's see about this Supreme Court thing...

    November 4, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |

    I am so happy right now, I was worried about PA and Ohio, but now I feel vindicated. A great night for America! Obama has won!

    November 4, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  19. oshomah Peter,NIGERIA

    In a land where rule of law is respected there is order and progress. I wish things like this can happen in Africa. U can't imagine the enomity of progress and development that will take place.

    November 4, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  20. Lor

    Sara, there is no place for your prejudism here, and if you think for a minute that the Good Lord is happy with your words, then think again. If you don't have anything constructive or educated to say, then don't say anything please!

    November 5, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |