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Mark Foley's Replacement Not Much Better Than Mark Foley

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Mahoney Ha ha, this is almost too good to be true: married West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney, better known as the man who replaced pervy IM-sender Mark Foley, supposedly paid a former mistress he had hired as a consultant $121,000 after she threatened to sue him.

Mahoney's spokesperson is denying that the woman in question, Patricia Allen, received any payment, but numerous current and former staffers confirm the story to ABC. Back in 2006, Mahoney campaigned against Foley by promising " a world that is safer, more moral"; an ad featuring him and his wife bared the tagline, "Restoring America's Values Begins at Home."

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