ABC: Foley had online sex during 2003 floor vote

And a blog says Maf54 was back online today.

Published October 3, 2006 6:16PM (EDT)

Florida Rep. Mark Foley once told a former House page that he's never too busy to masturbate, and he apparently meant what he said. In a new IM exchange just posted by ABC News, Foley appears to have taken time out for some long-distance sexual satisfaction with a former page in the midst of a House vote on emergency wartime supplemental appropriations in 2003.

All told, the network says it has now received 52 separate instant message exchanges in which Foley, using the screen name Maf54, chatted up two different boys under the age of 18.

We'll assume for the moment that Foley isn't engaging in inappropriate communications with House pages from wherever he is in rehab today, but the disgraced congressman seems to be having a hard time kicking the IM habit. BlogActive says that Maf54 was online as recently as this morning.

By Tim Grieve

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

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