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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.
A few weeks later, he withdrew his candidacy, saying his father's battle with cancer had caused him to reassess his perspective on life (the seat was later won by Republican Mel Martinez).
Foley had raised million in campaign contributions before withdrawing.
In the House, Foley was one of the foremost opponents of child pornography.
Although a Roman Catholic, Foley is a member of The Republican Majority For Choice.
Foley was a member of Christine Todd Whitman's It's My Party Too and the Republican Main Street Partnership.