Mark Foley, the former Republican congressman from Florida who resigned in disgrace after he was caught exchanging sexually explicit messages with teenage boys, made a startling claim on Fox News last night, during his first interview on national media since 2006.

Speaking to Republican opinion host Sean Hannity, who’s been making quite a to-do about sex scandal plaguing Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Foley said he did not think it should be a crime to send sexually explicit messages to children.

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This video is from Fox News, broadcast Thursday, June 9, 2011.

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(H/T: Think Progress)