After resigning from his U.S. House seat in late September 2006 amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit instant messages to House pages, former Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican, is considering a comeback run to become mayor of West Palm Beach, Fla., a heavily Democratic city.

โ€œI do have the luxury that I can be the last man to file if I choose to, and still have the name I.D.,โ€ย said Foley last week. Normally name recognition is an advantage, but Rep. Foley is of course known for the scandal that helped torpedo Republicansโ€™ midterm chances in 2006, just weeks before both the House and Senate changed to Democratic control.

The plus side is that he has $1 million left from his campaign account that he can legally spend on the race โ€” thatโ€™s approximately $956,000 more than the second-highest amount raised among the other challengers.

Luke Johnson reports on Florida for The American Independent.

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