In some quarters, the scandal is believed to have contributed to the Republican Party's loss of control over Congress in the November 7, 2006 election, as well as the end of House Speaker Dennis Hastert's leadership of the House Republicans. Tom Reynolds and former chief of staff for Foley, also resigned as a result of the scandal.
Silverstein subsequently wrote a story on the e-mails, which was cancelled due to a lack of absolute proof that Foley was anything more than "creepy".
He said that his source "was not working in concert with the national Democratic Party" but was "genuinely disgusted" by Foley's behavior.
In August 2006, ABC News reporter Brian Ross received the initial e-mails from a Republican source but did not write a story for over a month because he was working on other stories.
On September 24, 2006, the e-mails were released by Lane Hudson on his anonymous blog Stop Sex Predators.
Students came out of the dorm to talk with him and were warned away by an adult supervisor in the page program, who shooed them back inside.