Jim Foley: NH State Senator, phony Marine

| September 9, 2014


Someone sent us a link to the story from the New Hampshire Union Leader in regards to a sitting Republican state senator by the name of Jim Foley, who has been fooling his constituents with a story for decades about him being a Marine. The story is kind of muddled so, if I get details wrong, blame Foley.

But, sometime in the middle 80s, he was disbarred for cheating his law firm out of money. Somehow or another, after he was disbarred, he joined the Marine Corps to kick his drug addiction (I know, that happens every day, doesn’t it).

The Marine Corps says, according to the article, that the only record they could find on him was his name and his social security number, no record of training or even showing up for anything. Of course, it was the drugs that made him do it. But then he started wearing the above pictured uniform of a Marine Captain with a Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart, along with some jump wings and what might be a scuba bubble. I guess the drugs made him do that, too.

Foley bills himself as a former Marine on his campaign website. He makes no reference of ever having practiced law.

The state Senate primary is Tuesday.

On Friday, Foley said he believes he has run a good campaign and hopes his supporters will see the release of the documents in perspective.

“I am embarrassed that these revelations have come to light,” said Foley. “I believe in many ways I have let down my supporters. I find, and I have been told, that the voters are fair. They recognize this is being done as a political ploy by a desperate opponent. And I will do the best I can and hope the man they’ve known for the last 10 to 15 years is the man they will vote for. I don’t know the man from 30 years ago.”

Foley has two primary opponents, Derry Rep. Frank Sapparetto and Hampstead Rep. Regina Birdsell.

Foley did not identify whom he considered his “desperate opponent.’’

Birdsell called on Foley to withdraw from the race.

“A political ploy by a desperate opponent?” Dude, you falsified government documents, wore a uniform you didn’t earn, and lied to voters for the last decade or so. If there is a political ploy involved, it’s yours.

I see that he suspended his campaign over the weekend;

“I have taken full ownership for any mistakes made. I am sorry for these mistakes and take full responsibility for them. After many conversations with friends and supporters I have decided to end (suspend) my campaign for the state senate. While I know this will disappoint many of those who have urged me to continue, I feel that my decision is in the best interest of both the voters of the district and my family, particularly in light of some of the personal attacks they have had to endure. I do not want this to become a distraction from the important task at hand – electing a solid conservative Republican to the New Hampshire Senate from District 19.

I am honored to have my family, friends and supporters stand by even to this day but it is the right thing to do for all involved.”

Well, at least he didn’t have to explain his “wide stance”, but good riddance.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. Gravel says:

    How do people, especially those in the public eye (such as politicians,) think they can get away with this crap in the age of the internet?

  2. nbcguy54 says:

    From his campaign website:

    “He joined the Marine Corps and has had many, many jobs – sold home heating oil, sold cable services, worked maintenance at a condo, sold copiers, stacked lumber, was a line cook for a banquet hall and rode horses at competitions through the United States and Canada.”

    Dang – I’ve got a whole new respect for Marines. We didn’t get to do any of that stuff when I was in the Army although I did stack lumber in my garage once…

    • Hondo says:

      “He joined the Marine Corps and has had many, many jobs – sold home heating oil, sold cable services, worked maintenance at a condo, sold copiers, stacked lumber, was a line cook for a banquet hall and rode horses at competitions through the United States and Canada.”

      I wonder if this is translates as “couldn’t keep a steady job after voluntarily surrending his law license”?

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        ‘couldn’t keep a steady job’ – OK, Hondo, the idea that you only do ONE kind of work EVER is long since outdated. It shows no flexibility or adaptability to new skills or changing work environments. I’ve worked in several different fields, and they ALL required flexibility and adaptability, especially the job I retired from.

        On the other hand, Foley comes off as rather a lost soul unable to find his true calling, so he has to lie about what he’s done, just to make himself look good. This happens. Some people do this and end up as those old farts at the end of the bar, griping about how mean life was to them, and other people turn it into funny stories.

      • Hondo says:

        Wasn’t implying that, Ex-PH2. However, getting disbarred due to stealing from clients and forging documents is IMO symptomatic of a much deeper issue: an essentially dishonest nature. That in turn often leads to the inability to work within a given line of employment for very long – employers catch on, and word gets around.

        Dunno if that was the case here. But it does seem to be a common pattern.

        • David says:

          Well, most of the jobs were low-level sales, and there is a common misconception that all salesmen lie all the time. Maybe he is trying to put that lying asshole experience to work?

    • Gravel says:

      Hmmm … I have stacked lumber (building lumber and plywood, not firewood) while in the Army. Done a bunch of other things that weren’t in my MOS description too.

      — Loaded and unloaded luggage from aircraft
      — Filled water tankers at a water point
      — Burned cut in half 55gal drums full of piss and crap
      — Painted rocks white
      — Used Diesel and/or MoGas in immersion heaters to heat water for hot showers
      — Worked a communications node in the middle of no where for seven days
      — Repaired small generators that someone used the wrong fuel in
      — Ditto for water pumps
      — Ran a Backhoe
      — Ran a D5 Dozer
      — Drove a 50-60 passenger bus

      And a lot more … way to many things to list. Most of them were doing Desert Storm though, and everyone took a turn at them. Not like I was being singled out or anything.

  3. NHSparky says:

    The GOP in NH is a fucking joke. You think they would have vetted this guy, but noooooo…

  4. John "Faker 6" Giduck says:

    Admit nothing, deny everything, and make gross counter-accusations. If that doesn’t work, start a blog that has friends attesting to your lies and sue. Every poser except Jim Foley knows the rules.

    What kind of fucked up friends does he have telling him to “suspend his campaign”? With these lies, he could rocket to US Senator or beyond. I’m jealous of the potential here.

    All I have in comparison is a book and a buddy (LTC Dave Grossman) that lies about being a Pulitzer Prize winning author. Hate when poser potential goes to waste.

    I need a sprinkled donut and a hug.


    John “Faker 6” Giduck

  5. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    “They recognize this is being done as a political ploy by a desperate opponent…”
    You mean desperate as in being outed as a disbarred lawyer, Military POSer and former druggie among other things? SHIT, don’t political parties vet ANYONE these days? Thank GOD that he was only elected to a State legislature, the damn things are harder to dislodge once they’ve infested at the federal level!!

  6. ChipNASA says:


  7. Combat Historian says:

    So fuckface signed up for Marine OCS after lying to the Marines about his criminal/druggie background and then never showed up for actual training, and now wears Marine whites with phony rank and bling. Real Marines, you know what to do with this piece of shit…

  8. Old Trooper says:

    Fuck him. Fuck him with a brillo pad. Then, fuck him, again.

  9. Stacy0311 says:

    “a political ploy by a desperate opponent”

    Sounds like:
    “Can’t you see this is the last act of a desperate man?”
    “We don’t care if it’s the first act of Henry V.”

  10. Commissioner Wretched says:

    Wow. Just … wow.

    Just when you think you’ve seen it all, eh?

  11. MGySgtRet. says:

    Stolen Valor has no consequences. Yeah right. This douche nozzle is going to bring down the Republican party in his district and put a stain on the party in New Hampshire. Nice work if you can get it. He should be rotting in a jail cell. Dishonorable shitbag.

  12. Sparks says:

    Like the “Open Carry” ass hats in Texas give a bad name to legitimate, responsible gun owners, this clown gives the Democrats one more hash mark on their list of Republicans to point and laugh at. He has no integrity and cares less how much damage he does to the image of responsible, conservative minded people nationwide.

  13. ArmyATC says:

    Even when caught, the arrogance of these sanctimonious turds is maddening. It’s not his fault. His enemies are out to get him. Foley is nothing more than a disgusting turd.

    • Bobo says:

      Wow, from wearing an illegitimate USMC captain’s uniform to claiming to be a colonel. Not bad for yet another disbarred attorney.

  14. Reaperman says:

    I dunno, I can see how he could be legitimately mistaken here. Drugs can do strange things to memory.

    This one time, I got really drunk and could swear I joined the Rebel Alliance to save these little bears on Endor. I remember it clear as day, but as it turned out, my records did not reflect the experience described.

  15. Patrick says:

    He needs to square up those rifle and pistol badges and i don’t know WTF is on his right chest???

    Semper Fi!

  16. nbcguy54 says:

    Speaking of POS wannabe politicians, any news on our favorite SF burgerflipper Ron Dickey?

  17. Just An Old Dog says:

    A picture paints a 1,000 words. That motherfucker is ate the fuck up.
    he should be dick-punched by a midget on steriods.

  18. O-4E says:

    This motherf*cker is a straight up criminal

  19. NHSparky says:

    Criminal doesn’t even begin to cover it.

  20. NHSparky says:

    Primary results from last night–this cocksmoke still managed to come in second in a three-way race.

    I weep for this country if the electorate is this stupid.

    • ArmyATC says:

      Far too many people vote based on their emotions and feelings rather than an informed decision based on facts.

    • Bobo says:

      There’s hope for me yet. Maybe I’ll find a way to maintain my NH residency post retirement and run in the next election.

      • NHSparky says:

        I’m almost tempted to run next time around. When Scott Brown, Jeanne Shaheen, Frank Guinta, or Carol Shea-Porter are my “choices”, I’d rather punch myself in the dink.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      DAMN that sucks. He should have been at the bottom, but like P.T. Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute” and voters prove it these days!!

  21. Big Steve says:

    Brilliant. Falsely claim to all who will listen that you were a marine, and then run for public office so you will be on TV, mentioned in news articles, and just plain make yourself as visible as possible.
    Because of course this increases the odds of getting noticed by real and skeptical vets.

    THINK before you act, you fakes.

  22. AskFor Peace says:

    I work currently work with this dumb fuck. Every time I see him i want to poke his eyes out with paperclips.

    • Fern Poulin says:

      I did not know that he had a real job. Whoda thunk? Would his employer like to know what kind of employee he has working for him/her? I know that this unfortunate “exposure” happened in September 2014 but he is still active in Derry, NH and my calls to the local US Atty were met w/ “well, it’s (Stolen Valor Act) only a misdemeanor crime and we have more important felony cases to pursue”. Maybe someone should tell his boss.