Rove Made Foley An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse

Brian Zick

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Ryan Lizza for TNR reports that when Mark Foley wanted to retire from the House of Representatives and become a lobbyist, Karl Rove "persuaded" him to run for reelection. According to the source, Foley said he was being pressured by "the White House and Rove gang," who insisted that Foley run. If he didn't, Foley was told, it might impact his lobbying career."He said, 'The White House made it very clear I have to run,'" explains Foley's friend, adding that Foley told him that the White House promised that if Foley served for two more years it would "enhance his success" as a lobbyist. "I said, 'I thought you wanted out of this?' And he said, 'I do, but they're scared of losing the House and the thought of two years of Congressional hearings, so I have two more years of duty.'" via Josh Marshall

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