Rep. Ney Pleads Quilty in Lobbying Scandal

Rep. Bob Ney could get 27 months to 10 years in prison at his January 19th sentencing. Rep. Bob Ney pleaded guilty Friday to bribery charges stemming from the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation. He’s the only member of Congress yet to be criminally charged in the Abramoff scandal.

The Ohio Republican was the first member of Congress convicted in the scandal that has tainted the White House as well as Capitol Hill. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Ney confessed his wrongdoing before U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle in a federal courthouse a few blocks distant from the Capitol, where until recently he wielded a chairman’s gavel.

AP reports that Ney said in a written statement issued moments after his plea, “I never intended my career in public service to end this way, and I am ashamed it did.”

Ney did not resign his seat. Several officials have said the congressman is financially strapped and needs his $165,200 annual paycheck and benefits as long as he can continue to receive them.

Ney’s lawyer, Mark Touhey, told the judge he would resign before sentencing on Jan. 19. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and other Republican leaders said he would be gone far more quickly than that.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader said, “It is long past time for a new direction that restores integrity and civility to the House.”

** Bob Taft, Tom Noe, Ken Blackwell, and Bob Ney will soon be “gone”………I may be able to state that I am an Ohioan again with some sense of pride in the near future.

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3 Responses to Rep. Ney Pleads Quilty in Lobbying Scandal

  1. johng says:

    I am a Proud Buckeye today for the first time in many years. When Ted Strickland and Sherrod Brown win next month it will be another step closer for JK to win big in Ohio in 2008.

  2. democrafty says:

    Please tell me that’s a typo, and Bob Ney hasn’t taken up needlework 😉

  3. Ginny Cotts says:

    Apparently Tony Snowjob came up with a line about this not being a GOP issue, that whether you have cash in your freezer or are hiding behind something, it’s bipartisan.

    I am hoping they will make enough of these stupid statements for Americans to realize how long they’ve been taken for fools, their intelligence insulted and willingness not to question EVERYTHING taken for granted. To the point where the GOPers now make statements that are so ludicrous, you have to wonder what really is in the Kool Aid.

    So, where did the cash in the freezer lead? To other members of the Wise Ass party? To lobbyists and grafters?

    The connections from any one of the accused, indicted and convicted GOPers leads to some of the others who’ve been caught, and a bunch of others who still may receive blue bound papers of their own.

    ‘Oh what a web we weave, when first we start to deceive.’