Boehner Blasts Democratic Leaders on Mahoney Affair

Posted October 14, 2008 at 3:42pm

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) slammed Democratic leaders on Tuesday afternoon for their “inadequate” response to recent allegations leveled against Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.)

In a statement, Boehner criticized Mahoney, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) for hiding “behind the shield of a nonfunctioning House ethics committee or any convenient loopholes in House rules.”

“The American people, beginning with the people of Florida’s 16th Congressional district, deserve to know the facts immediately about Congressman Mahoney’s conduct,” Boehner said. “They are also entitled to know immediately what House Democratic leaders knew about it, when they knew it and what they did with the information.”

ABC News on Monday reported that Mahoney, who won last cycle after Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) abruptly dropped out of the race amid his own sex scandal, allegedly paid a former staffer and mistress $121,000 to stay quiet about their affair.

The network also reported that Emanuel has known about Mahoney’s alleged infidelity since 2007 and that Van Hollen recently confronted Mahoney about it.