http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/30/u...&en=bde4e6c357e3c006&ei=5094&partner=homepage Lawmaker Quits Over Messages Sent to Teenage Pages WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 â€” In six terms representing a wealthy swath of southern Florida, Representative Mark Foley, a Republican, became well known for his ardent efforts to safeguard the young and vulnerable, leading the House caucus on missing and exploited children and championing laws against sexual predators. On Friday, Mr. Foley resigned abruptly after being confronted with series of sexually explicit Internet messages he is reported to have sent to under-age Congressional pages. He stands accused of being the very kind of predator he had denounced. â€śI am deeply sorry,â€ť Mr. Foley, 52, said in a three-sentence statement released by his office, â€śand I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent.â€ť The statement did not refer specifically to the Internet messages. The first e-mail messages to one male page, sexually suggestive but not explicit, were reported by ABC News on Thursday. Mr. Foley, a member of the House Republican leadership, dismissed them as â€śoverly friendlyâ€ť but not inappropriate. But by Friday, other pages had come forward with more blatant instant messages. â€śWhat ya wearing?â€ť Mr. Foley wrote to one, according to the network. â€śTshirt and shorts,â€ť the teenager responded. â€śLove to slip them off of you,â€ť Mr. Foley replied. ABC News said it had read him other messages that were far more graphic. Within hours, Mr. Foley resigned in a one-sentence letter to Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida. He left the Capitol without answering questions. .