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.
The story was initially published only in local and gay press; then addressed the topic.
Foley held a press conference to denounce the “revolting” rumors and stated that his sexual orientation was unimportant, but did not specifically deny the rumors.
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Constitution Party candidate Jack Mc Lain was his only opponent in 2002.In the House, Foley was one of the foremost opponents of child pornography.Foley had served as chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children.He did not invent the Internet but he sure did tax it." In 2003, Foley was widely considered the Republican front runner for Bob Graham's Senate seat, especially after Graham had announced his retirement.However, longstanding rumors surfaced that Foley was either homosexual or bisexual and was in a long-term homosexual relationship.