Mahoney Admits At Least Two Affairs

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October 17, 2008 4:40 p.m.

Rep. Tim Mahoney has admitted to having “at least two” affairs, but maintains that he broke no laws, the AP reports.

“I can understand why people would feel that way and for those people, all I can say is, ‘I’m sorry I let you down,'” Mahoney told the Associated Press in his first set of interviews since ABCNews.com reported Monday that he had a sexual relationship with an ex-staffer, Patricia Allen, who he agreed to pay $121,000 to in an out of court settlement.

Mahoney also admitted to a second affair, initially reported Wednesday by the AP, with a county official in his district. The affair reportedly was carried on, while he was lobbying the federal government for FEMA funds for the official’s county.

So is this his full confession? Mahoney wouldn’t say, but confessed to “multiple affairs.”

“You’re asking me over a lifetime? I’m just saying I’ve been unfaithful and I’m sorry for that,” he said.

And what about his infamous predecessor, Mark Foley?

“With respect to the former congressman, I think that his situation is different from my situation,” Mahoney said. “I don’t want anyone to misinterpret that as me saying somehow I’m saying I’m more proud. I’m not saying that at all.”

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