Current and former aides also told ABCNews.com that Mahoney helped the Martin County official, with whom he was having an affair, win a $3.4 million reimbursement for hurricane clean-up from FEMA -- appealing directly to Administrator R. David Paulison while doing little to aid other counties in his district with similar requests, the staffer say.
One former top campaign aide told ABCNews.com that Mahoney acknowledged the woman had spent the week at his Washington apartment but shrugged off warnings such behavior could cause him political trouble. The aides said the woman was also seen with Mahoney at restaurants and at his Washington DC apartment late at night.
Mahoney lost his reelection in November to former Navy lawyer and Republican Tom Rooney. His wife has also filed for divorce.