Ney Pleads Guilty To Corruption Charges But Still Won't Resign. How Is This Republican "Leadership"?
Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), the first member of Congress to confess to crimes in dealings with the lobbyist Jack Abramoff, pleaded guilty to corruption charges Friday but said he would not immediately resign.
How is this possible?
According to the New York Times, Ney’s disclosure that he intended to remain in Congress "appeared to surprise and infuriate House Republican leaders, who are trying to tamp down other scandals that are threatening to damage the party in next month’s Congressional elections."
The White House called on Ney to resign, but Ney's lawyer would only commit to a resignation "in the next few weeks."
House Republican leaders, who have been unsuccessful in their "efforts" over the last month to get Ney to resign, plan to formally expel him for the House after next month's election. For the time being, Ney will continue to draw his $165,000 salary, even as he prepares for a 27-month prison sentence.
If the Republicans lose the House next month, give credit to Ney's selfishness and the House Republicans' inability to do anything about it.