Foley Alcoholism Claim Should Be Treated with Care

The public should give former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) the benefit of the doubt when he claims alcoholism fueled his behavior. He allegedly sent explicit messages to Congressional pages while drinking. Muller says anyone who knows anything about alcoholism would say it doesn't excuse what Foley did, but it could help explain it.



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