Sid Dinerstein, the Republican Party chairman of one of the Florida counties embattled Democrat Tim Mahoney serves, says the U.S. Representative should resign.
"Tim Mahoney, while he was running against Mark Foley on his family values issue, had family value issues of his own involving a multiple number of mistresses — which may be a private affair except that he paid her off and put her on the public payroll as a legislative aide," Dinerstein tells Newsmax TV.
Mahoney has admitted paying $121,000 to Patricia Allen of Hobe Sound, a former staffer with whom he was reportedly having an affair, to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit Allen threatened after she was fired.
In his most recent financial statement, Mahoney lists his net worth as between $3.2 million and $12.7 million.
Mahoney has admitted to having "numerous" affairs, including one with a Martin County government employee.
"Well, apparently, not long ago, one of the women got upset and blew the whistle, and Tim Mahoney doesn't have the good sense to go back to his private life," Dinerstein argues.
"All we want in congressional District 16 in Florida is a congressman or woman that the voters know they can trust, who is going to Washington to do the people's business," the Palm Beach County GOP chief tells Newsmax.
"Mark Foley did not pass that test; Tim Mahoney does not pass that test. They should both be out of our public lives," Dinerstein declares.
The FBI is investigating whether Mahoney broke any laws or misused federal money when he put his alleged mistress on the public payroll in his congressional office. The agency is also investigating whether the second affair with the Martin County employee was behind his decision to push for federal emergency funds for her area.
On Monday, Mahoney's wife of 28 years, Terry Mahoney, filed for divorce, saying the couple's marriage is "irretrievably broken."
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