Foley's office confirmed that Foley had sent the messages but said it has a practice of asking for photos of individuals who may ask for recommendations and that the page had requested a recommendation.
The only thing he has ever invented is another tax.
He did not invent the Internet but he sure did tax it." In 2003, Foley was widely considered the Republican front runner for Bob Graham's Senate seat, especially after Graham had announced his retirement.
The instant messages made repeated references to sexual organs and acts.
Kirk Fordham, Chief of Staff to Tom Reynolds and former Chief of Staff to Foley, said that he was with Foley on September 29, 2006, when ABC confronted him with the explicit messages before they were publicized.
Foley held a press conference to denounce the “revolting” rumors and stated that his sexual orientation was unimportant, but did not specifically deny the rumors.
A few weeks later, he withdrew his candidacy, saying his father's battle with cancer had caused him to reassess his perspective on life (the seat was later won by Republican Mel Martinez).Fordham then visited GOP headquarters to inform Reynolds and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert; he returned with a one-sentence resignation letter that Foley signed.Hastert and Reynolds let it be known that if Foley didn't resign, he would be expelled from the House.Foley had raised million in campaign contributions before withdrawing.In the House, Foley was one of the foremost opponents of child pornography.However, longstanding rumors surfaced that Foley was either homosexual or bisexual and was in a long-term homosexual relationship.