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Allege: Congressman Mahoney paid off mistress $121k

By Lindsay Cohen email and Jana Eschbach email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - We've been camped out at Mahoney's Palm Beach Gardens office for hours now, but no sign of the congressman.

The only sign of all of this scandal, still breaking, is a door that remains locked, and, inside, staffers are barely saying anything.

Reporters asks, "He's not here?"

A staff shakes his head no.

Reporter asks, "Do you anticipate him speaking to us at all today? [Monday] Is there someone here who can talk to us at all?"

And that's pretty much all we're being told from workers at Mahoney headquarters. The congressman is accused of having an affair with a staff member, and, then, agreeing to pay $121,000 to her after she threatened to sue him.

That's according to ABC News.

They name the woman as Patricia Allen, a Hobe Sound resident, who met Mahoney while he was campaigning back in 2006.

When he was elected, she was hired on taxpayer dollars to work on Mahoney's staff in Florida for a salary of $36,000.

But, after complaints circulated about the affair, Allen was moved to the campaign staff. This, all according to ABC News.

So far, no statement or response from Mahoney or his staff.

You may recall, Mahoney was elected two years ago in the wake of another congressional sex scandal. Congressman Mark Foley, who sent illicit messages to congressional pages, later resigned after the scandal broke.

Mahoney canceled Monday's scheduled 3 p.m. appearance at Palm Beach Community College. His staff did not say why.

Calls to his spokesperson, campaign manager and lawyer, so far, have not been returned.   

Now, we've been all over town trying to track down Mahoney. We also stopped by Mahoney's office in Stuart. And, though, we didn't find the congressman, we are learning more details.

The congressman's office is closed, but staffers did answer phones to say he would cancel his public appearance Monday.

We stopped by his former staff member, Patricia Allen's home in Hobe Sound, just off U.S. 1.

Allen was not there, and reports show she is not allowed, under guidelines of the settlement, to discuss her relationship with the congressman.

Allen did volunteer for Mahoney back during that grueling 2006 election with the Mark Foley scandal underway. Allen later held a job with his office, and, then, was fired in January 2008.

Later, she threatened to sue Mahoney for $1 million.

ABC News reports, she claims she was fired for ending their love affair. Their settlement was in March for a reported $121,000.

In a taped phone call of her firing, Mahoney said the only person who mattered was him. She did not do her job. This is how life really is. If she said anything, she would not get her last paycheck.

We asked local voters to weigh in on all of this. Their reaction: not again.

Kyle Greene, Stuart voter, said, "Unfortunately, we are used to it. I mean, look at what happened with Clinton, prime example."

Isabelle Al-Fulaji, voter, added, "It is frustrating, but I am not surprised. It seems to be happening more and more often. It's just like here's another one - here we go again."

Now, no one here is talking. With early voting one week away, both campaigns shocked.

Mahoney's office said, "We may issue a written statement. As of right now, no comment."   

Rooney, the Republican opponent, is keeping quiet.

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