Mark Foley Resigns

According to The Associated Press, in a letter announcing his resignation from Congress, effective immediately, Foley writes, “I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida.''

The statement didn't give any reason for his decision to abruptly end his six-term career in Congress, but it comes in the wake of questions about e-mails Foley wrote to a former male page.

His staff had previously acknowledged that the Republican congressman had e-mailed the former page five times, but said there was nothing inappropriate about the exchange with the boy, who was then 16 years old.

The resignation comes less than six weeks before the elections. It's not clear how Republicans will fill the spot on the November ballot.

In the e-mails to the page, Foley asks how he's doing after Hurricane Katrina, and what he wanted for his birthday. He also asked the boy to send a photo of himself.