E-mail griped of presidential slight

Published October 13, 2006

TALLAHASSEE - Rep. Mark Foley complained in an e-mail to Gov. Jeb Bush in 2004 that he was being ignored by President Bush on his trips to Florida after several hurricanes.

Foley resigned his congressional seat last month after his sexually explicit Internet messages to young male former pages became public. Before then, the Republican had maintained a dialogue by e-mail with the Florida governor on a number of issues, mostly minor.

But in one, he wanted the governor to intercede with his brother on some perceived slights. Foley complained that U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam accompanied President Bush on a visit into Putnam's Central Florida congressional district and noted that state Rep. Joe Negron was on another trip.

"I can't quite figure what I have done, but this is a continuing pattern of slights," Foley complained in a Sept. 29, 2004, e-mail to the governor, obtained by the Palm Beach Post in a public records request.

"Sorry to trouble you ... and I wouldn't if this wasn't so frequent," Foley wrote. "Have I done something to offend the White House? I am always getting the shaft."

The governor responded less than three hours later that he thought it was because the president was spending a lot of time in debate preparation in his 2004 re-election campaign.

"I know it is nothing you have done," he assured Foley.