Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney is having a tough time attracting campaign contributions.
Rocked by his own admission of “multiple affairs,” including a relationship with a former staffer that led to a $121,903 settlement, Mahoney’s reelection campaign has reported a single contribution of $1,500 since Oct. 15, according to the Federal Election Commission.
Mahoney’s Republican challenger, Tom Rooney, has logged $46,200 in contributions on FEC reports during the same period.
During the final 20 days before an election, federal candidates are required to report all contributions of $1,000 or more within 48 hours of receiving them.
ABC News reported on Oct. 13 that Mahoney had an affair with a volunteer from his 2006 campaign and put her on his congressional and campaign payrolls before firing her this year. When the woman threatened a lawsuit over her firing, Mahoney paid $121,903 from his own money to cover severance pay and her legal fees.
Mahoney also admitted to “multiple affairs” while in office, including a relationship with a high-ranking Martin County government employee he met in 2007 when she and other county officials came to Washington to seek his help in securing a $3.4 million reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Mahoney’s wife of 23 years served him with divorce papers Monday.
Fort Myers attorney E. Bruce Strayhorn gave $1,500 to Mahoney’s campaign this week.
“I think he’s doing a phenomenal job as a congressman. And far be it from me to judge personal ethics as opposed to doing his job as a congressman,” Strayhorn said.
Through Sept. 30, Mahoney’s campaign had raised more than $3 million and spent nearly $2.8 million on his reelection bid. Rooney’s campaign raised more than $1 million and spent $841,700 through Sept. 30.
Mahoney hasn’t made any public campaign appearances since ABC broke the story.
He and Rooney are scheduled to debate at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch on Friday in West Palm Beach. Mahoney is expected to announce Thursday whether he’ll attend, said Forum Club Executive Director Gayle Pallesen. Source: Palm Beach Post
Well, my expectations for a congressman would be not embarrassing the people that put him into office by carrying on multiple affairs, attempting to blackmail women, and using taxpayer funds for hush money.
The man is an embarrassment to his office. But he is a congressional Democrat, so I suppose he won’t even know what the fuss is all about.