Florida Congressman, Tim Mahoney, Said To Be In Second Affair

October 15, 2008 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

tim-Mahoney-florida-congressman.jpgU.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney did not use campaign funds to buy the silence of
a former aide with whom he is accused of having an affair, his attorney
said Wednesday.

Mahoney, a wealthy venture capitalist, used his own money to pay
Patricia Allen and her attorneys $121,000 when she threatened to file a
lawsuit after Mahoney fired her from his campaign staff earlier this
year, said his lawyer, Gary Isaacs.

Isaacs provided documentation
of the payments to The Associated Press in an attempt to quash rumors
that Mahoney, 52, may have used campaign money to pay off Allen, which
could be illegal. At the very least, Republicans charge, it would be
highly unethical.

Mahoney, a first-term Democrat,
also faces allegations of a second affair as he is embroiled in a tough
re-election challenge in a district that traditionally leans slightly
Republican.

He
won his seat while promising to return morals and family values to
Washington after former Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Foley resigned amid
revelations that he sent lurid Internet messages to male teenage pages
on Capitol Hill. Foley was later cleared of criminal wrongdoing.

On
Wednesday, Isaacs showed The Associated Press canceled checks and wire
transfers from Mahoney’s personal account to him. He also provided
documentation that shows the money was then sent to Allen’s attorney to
resolve the issue.

An AP review of Mahoney’s federal elections
filings appeared to show that his campaign expenditures were for
fundraising, advertising, polling and other legitimate uses and none
went to Allen as part of the settlement.

A high-level Democratic
operative who has been involved with the Mahoney campaign told the AP
the FBI has begun reaching out to attorneys involved in the settlement
as part of a preliminary probe into whether campaign laws were broken.
The person declined to be identified because of the FBI’s involvement.

While
Mahoney clearly fired Allen, 50, the settlement also called for her to
sign a letter of resignation indicating she left amicably.

In his
most recent financial disclosure form filed with Congress, Mahoney
listed his net worth as between $3.2 million and $12.7 million.

All
told, according to Isaacs, Mahoney spent $141,903 to resolve the Allen
matter – $61,903 to Allen; $60,000 to her attorney; and $20,000 to his
own attorney. The settlement also included a confidentiality agreement
that prohibits both parties from discussing the details.

Isaacs
spoke to AP two days after ABC News reported Mahoney’s affair with
Allen. Mahoney has not returned calls for comment and has not directly
confirmed the affair. He said in a statement earlier this week he takes
“full responsibility for my actions and the pain I have caused my wife
Terry and my daughter Bailey.”

After the report, Mahoney called
for a House Ethics Committee investigation of his own conduct and said
he would be cleared of wrongdoing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also
called for an investigation.

Several people close to Mahoney have
confirmed to AP the congressman began his affair with Allen in 2006
while campaigning for Congress. Mahoney campaign staff say she was
fired for performance issues, not because of the affair.

That’s when she threatened to sue. Mahoney reached the settlement with Allen to avoid a public airing.

Allen has not returned repeated telephone calls. Her attorney also did not return a telephone message Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a person close to Mahoney’s campaign told the AP he was having an affair with a second woman around the same time.

The
person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not
authorized to discuss Mahoney’s private life, said Mahoney was having a
relationship with a high-ranking official in Martin County in his
Florida district in 2007. At the time, he also was lobbying the Federal
Emergency Management Agency for a $3.4 million reimbursement for
hurricane damage there.

FEMA approved the money late last year.

Mahoney’s
congressional staff declined comment on that alleged tryst, but noted
Mahoney lobbies for FEMA funding throughout his district, and that
Martin County has received $43 million from FEMA since 2004. Mahoney
didn’t take office until 2006.

Source: Miami Herald

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