Foley's office confirmed that Foley had sent the messages but said it has a practice of asking for photos of individuals who may ask for recommendations and that the page had requested a recommendation.
The original news report prompted another page to come forward and on September 29, 2006, ABC News reported that it had seen excerpts of sexually explicit instant messages allegedly sent by Foley.
The instant messages made repeated references to sexual organs and acts.
Kirk Fordham, Chief of Staff to Tom Reynolds and former Chief of Staff to Foley, said that he was with Foley on September 29, 2006, when ABC confronted him with the explicit messages before they were publicized.
According to the National Journal's calculations, in 2005, Foley's voting record on social policy issues was moderate.
On September 28, 2006, ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross reported that in 2005, Foley had sent email messages from his personal AOL account to a former Congressional page, asking the page to send a photo of himself to Foley, among other things.
Constitution Party candidate Jack Mc Lain was his only opponent in 2002.
He was re-elected in 2002 with 79 percent of the vote and in 2004 with 68 percent of the vote. He spent most of his tenure in Congress as a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
That same day, Foley tendered his resignation to Hastert as well as Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
Once the news report became more widely known, Foley's chances of retaining his seat in Congress were limited.
Fordham then visited GOP headquarters to inform Reynolds and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert; he returned with a one-sentence resignation letter that Foley signed.