The Democratic opponent of Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) is calling for an investigation into allegations that a 16-year-old male who had worked as a congressional page alerted Capitol Hill staffers after an e-mail exchange with Congressman Foley that the young man said "freaked me out."
"This is a matter for the appropriate authorities to investigate," said a spokesperson for the campaign of Tim Mahoney.
Rep. Foley's office says the e-mails were entirely appropriate and that their release is part of an "ugly smear campaign" by his opponent.
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Mahoney's campaign spokesperson, Jessica Santillo, said the campaign only recently became aware of the e-mails between Foley and the page.
"The seriousness of these allegations goes far beyond the tit for tat of a political campaign," she said in a statement to ABC News. "The allegations of the Foley campaign are without merit."
In the series of e-mails, obtained by ABC News, from Rep. Foley to the former page, Foley asks the young man how old he is, what he wants for his birthday and requests a photo of him.
The e-mails began within weeks of the end of the young man's stint as a congressional page. He did not intern or work for Rep. Foley's office.
The concerned young man alerted congressional staffers to the e-mails. In one email, he writes to a staffer, "Maybe it is just me being paranoid, but seriously. This freaked me out."
Mahoney's campaign spokesperson said that they believe the matter should be fully investigated.
"It is our understanding that a complaint was filed by the alleged victim, and that complaint should be fully investigated," said Santillo.
Foley's office said there is no official investigation into the matter and that Foley is only guilty of being friendly.
In response to the Mahoney campaign's calls for an investigation, Foley's spokesman released this statement: "The emails in question were a response to a handwritten thank you letter from a former page. There have not been any allegations made by anyone except by Tim Mahoney and the Democrats who are attempting to misrepresent a series of innocent communications to prop up a failing political campaign."