Rep. Foley's Opponent Calls for an Investigation into Allegations of Inappropriate E-mails with Page

The Democratic opponent of Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) is calling for an investigation into allegations that a 16-year-old male congressional page alerted Capitol Hill staffers after an e-mail exchange with Congressman Foley that the page 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.


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, between the page and Rep. Foley, Foley asks the page how old he is, what he wants for his birthday and requests a photo of him.

The concerned page alerted congressional staffers to the e-mails. In one email, the page 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.

Read the statement from a spokesperson for congressional candidate Mahoney.

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