Foley Consignment Shop Story Flies Between D.C. and Sunshine State

markfoley_narrowweb__300x468,0-756432.jpgD.C. and Florida media outlets were busy Monday writing and writing and writing about ex-Rep. Mark Foley’s (R-Fla.) new adventure as a consignment shop owner.

Florida’s WPTV broke the news at 10:49 a.m. But it wasn’t really the first break. A previous story was spotted on the Stuart, Fla.-based TCPalm.com on Feb. 27 – a site that features stories about local calligraphy classes, Nana’s cafe, news, politics and more.

On Monday, Roll Call’s HOH caught on after WPTV at 11:45 a.m. in its “Recess” feature, followed by a New Times Florida blog. Then TPM took hold followed by Politico’s Ben Smith’s blog (citing TPM and WPTV) followed by a second Politico story at 5:09 p.m., followed by Washington Examiner at 9 p.m. (which cited WPTV). A publication that fell into the story late in the game was SunSentinel.com, which posted at 3:31 a.m. today (they cited TCPalm).

Politico’s second story had original quotes from Foley — a decent rationale for writing a second story. “I’m not selling congressional cufflinks,” Foley told Politico, with a laugh. “There are no possessions of the U.S. government that I’m selling.” (He went on to tell the publication about a customer who wants his congressional memorabilia. Insert underage sexually inappropriate instant-messaging joke here.)

“As for selling things on Craigslist”, Foley told Politico story #2, “people get worried about who’s going to come and show up at their home.” (Right, kind of like the worry of an older lawmaker sending flirty, sexual instant messages to underage pages.)

Some facts, however, were confusing. While most declared Foley out of politics entirely, WPTV was cagey about it, saying the beleaguered the ex-politician wasn’t in or out (of a future career in politics). “He says he hasn’t put it totally out of his mind to run for office again,” Foley told the West Palm Beach TV station.