Karl Rove twisted Mark Foley's arm to run for reelection
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Ryan Lizza of The New Republic is reporting that Karl Rove pressured Mark Foley to run for reelection:
It seems increasingly clear that the GOP congressional leadership, eager for every safe incumbent in the House to run for re-election, looked the other way as evidence accumulated that Mark Foley had a thing for pages. Holding onto his seat became more important than confronting him over his extracurricular activities.
According to Lizza's source, Rove threatened to sabotage Foley's future lobbying career if he didn't run for reelection.