Sources tell us disgraced ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) ended his stay at a rehab facility in Arizona that treats alcohol addiction as well as sexual addiction and compulsion before he headed back to Florida to attend the funeral of his father.
“It was more for that,” said one source, referring to sexual addiction.
We’re told that Foley’s sister, Donna Winterson, went to fetch her brother and check him out of the facility, called Sierra Tucson, in the final days of their father’s struggle with cancer. Their father, Edward Foley Jr., died Tuesday at a hospice center in Palm Beach County, Fla.
Foley, who now faces a Florida criminal investigation into his sexually explicit Internet messages, declared that he was an alcoholic in the days after he resigned over the page scandal. Sierra Tucson treats alcohol and drug addiction, as well as eating disorders, sexual addiction/compulsivity, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression, among other mental health problems.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reportedly has launched an active criminal investigation into Foley’s instant message chit chats with male teenage pages, which cost Republicans that very safe GOP seat and may well have been the nail in the coffin for their majority.
Speaking of Which ... Kirk Fordham, who resigned as chief of staff to Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.) amid the damning page scandal, was seen around Capitol Hill last week.
Fordham was spotted Thursday coming out of the National Republican Congressional Committee, chaired by Reynolds. On Friday, he was seen hanging around the Longworth House Office Building as House Republicans chose their new leaders.
Aides were surprised by Fordham’s presence.
“What the hell is he doing here?” asked one, who requested anonymity. “He’s one of the reasons we’re in the minority.”
Fordham was casually chatting up a reporter when approached by HOH. He said he had been “over at Reynolds’ office” and wanted to come by Longworth to see what was happening.
Fordham was chief of staff in the New York Republican’s personal office when the Foley scandal erupted. He served for several years as Foley’s chief of staff.
“I’ve just been having some good downtime,” he added.
Birthday for Old Blue Eyes. Winning his race for Minority Leader was the best birthday present Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) could get after losing the majority. Having his colleagues sing the famous “Boehner Birthday Song” that he wrote himself surely was second-best.
Boehner emerged victorious from the secret-ballot leadership elections on Friday, which coincided with his 57th birthday. The throng of reporters waiting for him outside demanded that he sing his famous birthday song.
“It’s my birthday — I,” Boehner said, pointing at himself indignantly, “shouldn’t have to sing it!”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.