Foley: 'Uniqueness' of internet trapped him, Weiner
June 10th, 2011
11:18 AM ET
10 years ago

Foley: 'Uniqueness' of internet trapped him, Weiner

Washington (CNN) - Disgraced former Republican Rep. Mark Foley suggested Thursday that embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner might be better served if he left Congress.

Foley resigned from Congress in 2006 after sexually explicit emails to teenage congressional pages he sent were exposed. In his first nationally televised interview since the scandal, the former Florida congressman lent advice to Weiner, who admitted engaging in inappropriate online activity with women outside his marriage after initially denying the accusations.

"In my heart, you cannot fix this from inside that building," Foley said on Fox News' "Hannity." "He's not going to get better going back into that building and hope people give him a pass."

Weiner has insisted he will remain in Congress despite increased calls for his resignation on both sides of the aisle. Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi called for an ethics investigation into Weiner's conduct.

Foley said he can't "analyze him (Weiner)," but empathized with the New York Democrat.

"I know what he's going through from the feeling of remorse because there's no question you feel terrible," Foley said. "I know in my heart I wouldn't have said these things. Anthony probably wouldn't either and that's the uniqueness of why this internet is trapping and capturing so many people."

But for him, Foley said "resignation was the only option."

"You can't say, let me have a time-out. Let me apologize to everybody," Foley said. "I had to step out of the process. I had to get help and I did."

Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Congress • Mark Foley
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Foley compared to Weiner? FALSE EQUIVALENCY FAIL.

    June 10, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Cal

    Who cares. Weiner is just another politcian dirtbag. He will stay but will never be viewed in the same light again. The days of him having any credability as a mouthpiece are over. He was not a loveable figure before like Clinton who brought about alot of prosperity so Wieiners negatives will always linger.

    June 10, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. gt

    its a sad day but we all must he held accountable... anthony will always be talk about ,, maybe not to his face but he will never command what he once had...sad...

    June 10, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Liberty Queen

    Anthony Weiner has no respect for women, the personal is political and for these two reason alone, he is unfit for political office.

    June 10, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Michelle

    It costs money when these congress people resign – their constiuents have to print new ballots, elections held, new staffs created. What needs to take place is states do all their vetting before these people are put on a ballot in the first place. I can't say this enough – we need adult leadership, people. People who are good at cracking jokes and saying clever things are NOT who we should be putting in congress or the white house. We need to put people in place who can compromise (because there are two parties) and who are serious and actually have intelligent ideas to advance us.

    June 10, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Thai

    Sniffit: All Foley said was that he can empathize because of the similarity of the internet making it easy to get caught. Foley himself said he can't analyze Weiner.

    June 10, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Anthony Weiner has no respect for women"

    Does that mean the women who were consensually sexting with him, saying dirty things just liek he was and asking or consenting to being sent the pictures...does that mean they have no respect for men?

    June 10, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Whatever happened to the budget, the deficit, and the future of Medicare?

    June 10, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "Sniffit: All Foley said was that he can empathize because of the similarity of the internet making it easy to get caught. Foley himself said he can't analyze Weiner."

    Foley was brought on Hannity's show last night for one reason and one reason alone: because touting Foley as some sort of "expert" who can "speak from personal experience for having gone through a simmilar scandal" draws an blatant analogy between what Foley did (unsolicited sexual advances and emails to underaged male congressional pages) and what Weiner did (consensual sexting with women who got jsut as dirty in the sext messages as he did). It's a false equivalency of the highest order...and you can see that it's working to perpetuate the misperception that Weiner was somehow stalking or creeping etc. by looking at the postts on this site from people who think Weiner's some sort of predator or that he did something illegal. We have ZERO evidence of either.

    June 10, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. peter liebisch

    wiener is just a fish in the "big pond " . politicians, celebrities, bankers, rich people etc. do what ever they want, as long as they get away with it, if cut a wiener turns into a whiner . wonder if they ever get charged, or just get away with it ?
    nothing surprises me anymore , just another day in the office .

    June 10, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Just resigned so the news can focused again on what is most important to the country. Weiner was caught in the act lying, he should just leave if he is really sorry for what he did. Of course that does the mean the replacement would be any better in terms of honestly.

    June 10, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |

    You know you've had a bad week when the you see your smiling face next to Scott Foley's on, watching the world compare the two of you, debating whether you're more or less of a pervert.

    June 10, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Weiner was caught in the act lying, he should just leave if he is really sorry for what he did. "

    Either that or he can just say "that wasn't intended to be a factual statement" and the GOP will suddenly forget all about it, right? IOKIYAR

    June 10, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. buckfunny

    Personally I don’t like Weiner. Never have. I especially don’t like to see pictures of Weiner. But I think the poll shows he is getting stiffed. If he works long and hard at it, I think he will be able to overcome this. If not, I would vote for Rep. Wang to fill in the hole. Why don't we keep libido out of politics? It seems to be the 21st century "religion" equivalent. Of course the guy is going to lie when confronted, but he admitted it probably after coming clean with Mrs Weiner. It you like his politics support him. If this has changed your view, dont. Get over it stone throwers.

    June 10, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. jorge washinsen

    "Power corrupts.Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Don't remember who said it, but still holds true.

    June 10, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Republican Robber Baron

    Foley was a million times worse. That is borderline felony since he did that with minors – very creepy. MSNBC could have caught him on their to "Catch a Predator" show. Weiner just behaved like the typical straight male that act like trolls online flirting with women.

    June 10, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. jorge washinsen

    Democrat protection mode is full on today, I see. Campaign has started.

    June 10, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. RorD?

    Kick lobbyists to the curb equal influence among the citizens limit campaign contributions to 100$ per person OR entity...period...make any campaign ad illegal that speaks to the opponent...only your platform and the facts. Jail any offenders for treason...especially lobbyists that approach any elected official outside of a public, recorded format. This will help build a sound government, truly representitive of the people....then nationalize energy to provide stable fuel prices. Letting corperations run America is getting so old...and so damn expensive.

    June 10, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Greenspam

    What Anthony had done is a lot less serious than what Foley had done. There's just no comparison. This is so ridiculous.

    June 10, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. jorge washinsen

    Charlie Rangel and Clinton are still out there giving us advice and Weiner is fixing to get the fork.Some are expendable.

    June 10, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. jorge washinsen

    where are you going to work when the checks quit coming?

    June 10, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. a in austin

    Until Vitter leaves, why should he? Vitter actually broke the law. If he runs for re-election then its up to the people in his district, just as it was for Vitter. IOKIYRAR!

    June 10, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Rsprings

    I am amazed at the people who just don't get it...The sexing was bad...not in keeping with the office he held and the trust and faith that it carries with his constituents. The REAL problem is what he did after it was out. He LIED LIED and lied some more. He falsely blamed others for the situation. That should be enough to ask himt o leave. His situation is often compared to Senator Vitter on the left wing talk shows. Contemptible as Vitters actions were, he fully confessed within 24 hours of his situation being made public. While what he did was not honorable, he did not disgrace himself further by lying about it.

    June 10, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |

    Who cares? They're both sex addicts. Shame on them. Sickos.

    June 10, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. AL in West Palm Beach

    Wait, let me get this straight.
    Fix News compared a man who sent explicit, unsolicitated, e-mails and text messages to UNDERAGE MINORS to a man who sent pictures (albeit despicable) to ADULT WOMEN?

    Whatever happened to journalistic integrity?

    June 10, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |