Florida Dem Cops to Affairs, Won't Resign

Tim Mahoney will let voters decide on 'disgraceful behavior'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2008 2:56 AM CDT
Democrat Tim Mahoney waits for the start of a debate at a West Palm Beach, Fla. TV station in this Oct. 26, 2006 file photo.   (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter )
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(Newser) – Tim Mahoney has come clean about having "multiple affairs” reports ABC News. The Florida congressman admits his behavior was "disgraceful" but insists he did not violate any laws. His six-figure payoff to hush one mistress came from personal funds, Mahoney says, and his affair with a county official was unrelated to her county receiving over $3 million in FEMA funds.

"I think that the people in my district expect better from their leaders," admitted Mahoney, elected on a platform of restoring moral values. "I've let them down." Mahoney says he won't resign but will instead let the district's voters decide if his behavior disqualifies him from office. The latest poll shows Mahoney trailing his Republican challenger by 26 points.