— From NBC's Mike Viqueira
Kirk Fordham, Rep. Mark Foley's (R) former chief of staff who counseled Foley to resign last week and initially asked ABC not to publish the correspondence between the congressman and the teenage page, has resigned himself -- from his current position as the chief of staff to Rep. Tom Reynolds (R), who chairs the House GOP campaign committee and finds himself in a competitive contest for re-election. "It is clear the Democrats are intent on making me a political issue in my boss's race, and I will not let them do so," Fordham said in the statement, adding: "When I sought to help Congressman Foley and his family when his shocking secrets were being revealed, I did so as a friend of my former boss, not as Congressman Reynolds' chief of staff. I reached out to the Foley family, as any good friend would, because I was worried about their emotional well-being."
More from the statement: "At the same time, I want it to be perfectly clear that I never attempted to prevent any inquiries or investigation of Foley's conduct by House officials or any other authorities. Like so many, I feel betrayed by Mark Foley's indefensible behavior. Again, I will not allow the Democrats to make me a political issue in my boss's race, and I will fully cooperate with the ongoing investigation."