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.