ABC: Foley solicited date with page

In instant messages, the congressman asked a page what they'd do after dinner and drinks.

Published October 2, 2006 5:43PM (EDT)

It keeps getting worse. While the initial instant-message exchanges between Mark Foley and House pages seemed to be limited to long-distance fantasies, ABC News has just posted a series of messages in which Foley seemed determined to turn a virtual affair into a real one.

Here's the back-and-forth, as reported by ABC's Brian Ross and Maddy Sauer:

Maf54: I miss you lots since san diego.

Teen: ya I cant wait til dc

Maf54: :)

Teen: did you pick a night for dinner

Maf54: not yet  but likely Friday

Teen: ok  ill plan for Friday then

Maf54: that will be fun.

As ABC says, the messages suggest that the teenage page was uncomfortable with Foley's approaches.

Maf54: I want to see you

Teen: Like I said not til feb  then we will go to dinner

Maf54: and then what happens

Teen: we eat  we drink  who knows  hang out  late into the night

Maf54: and

Teen: I dunno

Maf54: dunno what

Teen: hmmm I have the feeling that you are fishing here  I'm not sure what I would be comfortable with  well see.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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