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In September 2006 Florida Republican congressman Mark Foley abruptly resigned after he was accused of sending sexually explicit Internet messages.
To a former teenage male congressional page -- within days of the scandal breaking.
Multiple male pages said that they received similar messages from Foley -- even claimed that he had sex with the former congressman.
After submitting his resignation Foley checked himself into a rehab facility for alcoholism among other issues.
-- this all happened just several weeks before the mid term elections that November now five years later he is here in studio.
Former Florida congressman Mark Foley congressman right that it crystal clear congressman please and thank you so I don't -- good to see you thanks thanks if not -- national review I'm not success and I didn't -- for this week we didn't organize this part of what we did but -- you know maybe it's.
You know maybe that there might be some insight you have that other people don't have.
You know I'm going to be honest because they'd interviewed you your regular -- show -- fears interviewed you on radio.
And I remember the time.
How shocked I was.
Like a lot of people.
And preparing for the senate he -- you know when I went back and I'm I'm reading this.
You know these exchanges with somebody you know is -- -- And it's so explicit it's a -- it's a kid talking about what.
Cross and his mom and soccer.
And I don't understand this I wouldn't expect him to do is horrific behavior shot it was wrong.
I was wrong.
But that's all I can do is apologize.
And pray and continue to work.
On a recovery.
It is regrettable I embarrassed my family the staff my constituents.
And the House of Representatives that I love.
I love my job I loved.
Governing and being part of the process.
And I through and Holloway have no one else to blame.
But myself you you lead did say -- -- is self and -- punish yourself for the rest your life YouTube punish yourself every day absolutely would tell.
Despite -- reflecting.
You know any time there's a scandal it brings back this horrific pain.
That I cause people that I love.
And there's no excuse for so as we go through this journey -- life.
We just have to you know pray every day that we are going to be a better humanity.
That we learned from these tragedies in these mistakes.
And then go forward.
As -- some reading about this year we read it.
Yes sir it did recently you re read it every once and won't know because I've learned that you know I understand the pain -- caucus.
And I can't sit here and and continue to torture myself.
What is what -- -- -- this maybe you can bring some insight to this.
What is going through your mind.
You know this is a young boy.
It's -- -- -- child and -- could you work congressman you're with a chairman.
Of the missing and exploited children's caucus -- you know I've I've found some comments that you had made -- you know.
We're not that allowed -- voluntarily show up -- -- -- -- gonna track them like the animals they are.
Were you an animal.
-- what's the difference.
Where you learn again and therapy some of -- Challenges.
-- -- -- -- that computer screen it's almost like a confessional on our church where you're spewing things out.
And not really thinking of the consequences.
But that's not a good enough excuse.
The end of the day I'm at the board and I am the adult I'm the responsible party.
But I learned from that and hopefully the example maybe that I set.
What maybe people will learn.
Would you claim later that when you went into rehab.
Was it just for alcoholism you you claimed you were drunk at the time that all -- thing though it emanated from the sexual abuse that I received from a priest.
I was eleven years old German name the priest could you'll get certain people yes no yes the -- -- went on national TV and then it.
And so it there in Europe could you believe that that changed you altered -- well when -- eleven year old and your first sexual encounter.
-- with the priest.
When you grew up in a Catholic faith.
And you were -- the lessons of the in -- ten commandments do not lie and the priest tells you first get this is good secondly he suggests.
Keep it between us and if you tell anybody I'll kill myself.
That's a fairly terrific burden for eleven -- Is that why -- -- closet alcoholic well I think it it adds to the secrecy of life.
I didn't tell my family I didn't tell anybody that this had happened to me I didn't even go to the self help book section.
I was afraid of my political France's I didn't want anybody see me reaching for something that could give me some understanding.
Of the trauma that -- suffered as a child.
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