Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Sid Dinerstein

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Sid Dinerstein

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The GOP chairman of Palm Beach County, Fla.--part of Mark Foley's former congressional district--held fundraisers for the ex-House member, personally donated to his campaigns, and considered him family. That all changed once "Foleygate" broke.

Did you know Foley is gay?

I knew he was gay. My wife and I met his male friend at a steak house a few years ago, and we liked him. He was in what we felt was a monogamous and committed relationship-one "friend" as opposed to a lot of "friends." Probably 90% of the public knows nothing about their elected officials other than what they read in the newspaper and see at campaign time. But the people involved in politics knew, and it wasn't a problem.

Have you seen him since he resigned and went to rehab?

No. The rumor is that he's out of state in a facility of some sort. They'll figure out what his problems are, what made it so that he--I don't know--wouldn't function or couldn't mature. Some of what he did seems a little bit teenagerish, like a boy experimenting. …

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