HOW ROVE TWISTED FOLEY'S ARM:
But there's more to the story of why Foley stood for re-election this year. Yesterday, a source close to Foley explained to THE NEW REPUBLIC that in early 2006 the congressman had all but decided to retire from the House and set up shop on K Street. "Mark's a friend of mine," says this source. "He told me, 'I'm thinking about getting out of it and becoming a lobbyist.'"So why? It was thought that Foley's seat was "safe" and they didn't want to have to spend money in Foley's district in a tough election year so they threatened him.
But when Foley's friend saw the Congressman again this spring, something had changed. To the source's surprise, Foley told him he would indeed be standing for re-election. What happened? Karl Rove intervened.
According to the source, Foley said he was being pressured by "the White House and Rove gang," who insisted that Foley run. If he didn't, Foley was told, it might impact his lobbying career.
The White House declined a request for comment on the matter, but obviously the plan hasn't worked out quite as Rove hoped it would.