Saturday, October 14, 2006

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.

10 Comments:

Anonymous whoop4467 said...

There is something wrong with other parts of Ney's life if he went broke after drawing this salary or close to it for several years and after receiving all of the bribes to boot. Another polititian that has been able to hide much of his troubled private life from the people that he was suppose to serve.

As I have asked before, when are we as voters going to demand that politicians take down the "FOR SALE" signs for our government by voting them out!!

1:22 AM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

David asked how is this Republican leadership. I ask, "Where is the leadership and honesty from any politician?"

Where is the honest truth in all of our leaders? Our politicans sell their honesty, their leadership, and their votes to the largest $ donors.

Too many isues are made political hot button issues(abortion, gays, gay marriage), instead of discussing issues that affect our well being, our economy, our safety, educational priorities, retirement plans, medical coverage, immigration and our liberities.

We do not use common sense to get us to come together and ask what we as a nation can do to plan ahead instead of living by the momment

As a free thinking nation I am ammased how bogged down we get on trivial things and how confused we get on trivial issues.

There are people that are against abortion and federally funded stem cell research, but are gung-ho about fertility clinics that destroy(abort)millions of viable embryoes a year via biological waste methods!!

There are people that do not believe in evolution (adaptation), but take a flu shot every year because the flu virus mutates(adapts) therefore not having immunity to the new virus. These same people are afraid the bird flu may mutate(adapt) and spread to humans! These same people never wonder how sickle cell anemia became prevalent amongst humans( an adaptive change, not a genetic change)!I will be willing to bet these same people have never asked this question - When God created man, did He create a light skinned man that mutated (adapted) into a dark skinned man or did He create a dark skinned man that mutated (adapted) into a light skinned man??

2:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sound like Ney just might be a democrat by the way he refuses to resign after being caught.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Angelina's Evil Twin said...

UGH. ME STUPID CONSERVATIVE. ... SAY DUMB THINGS WHEN FACTS DON'T AGREE WITH SEAN HANNITY SPIN. ...

12:29 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

I don't see what the big deal is here. The White House and the Speaker have called on Ney to resign immediately, but according to the Congressional rules, Ney isn't obligated to leave office immediately if he doesn't choose to, so how is this a reflection on Republican leadership?

Ney already announced that he is not seeking re-election and that he will resign within a few weeks. If that's not good enough for his colleagues in the House, they could take action to expel him earlier, which is exactly what Rep. Sensenbrenner stated he will introduce a resolution to do.

So David, don't you think you're being a little disingenuous when you suggest that the Republican Leadership is somehow letting Ney slide? Especially when you state that Ney "won't resign". That's misleading, to say the least.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous MrToffeeLovesYa said...

Trinity, once again you have hit the nail on the head.

John Boehner himself was on the record saying it was up to Ney and his family to determine when Ney resigned. Liberals don't understand the way conservatives value individual freedoms -- such as the freedom to decide when you have to quit your job. Pow!

As Trinity correctly pointed out, Ney isn't seeking re-election. But maybe he should. If he and Tom DeLay could win their seats -- and the way Republicans redistricted, that's not necessarily far-fetched -- they could hand those seats off to hand-picked successors.

Face the facts, liberal America, Bob Ney is actually doing the Democrats a favor by being a convicted felon and not resigning. Bam!

The Republican leadership has bigger fish to fry right now, liberals. They have to figure out a way to not lose Tom Reynolds seat. They need to launch new ads to try to help people forget about the Mark Foley scandal.

Wake up, liberals. The Republican agenda is uniquely their own. It never will match the Democrat agenda, and liberals shouldn't expect that to change.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Mayberry Machiavelli said...

If the Dem candidates don't run a slew of ads based on the fact that Ney is convicted but still in office, they have no brains.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous babylonsister said...

No arguments from here. The story is ripe for the pickin'.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the problem is the Dems in recent years have not gone for the kill in their ads. It's almost like they assume/hope the people will figure things out.

In 2004 -- and even now -- I can't understand why the DNC isn't running ads showing Bush joking at the 2004 correspondent's dinner about not being able to find WMD. At that point, 500 were dead. Now 2,700 are dead. It's still relevant.

Or why not show Rumsfeld saying that the war will last "five days, five weeks, five months." Or show Cheney saying that the insurgency is "in the last throes."

Remind people why they don't want Republicans running the government. Tell people why they should vote Democrat: "While the Republicans use fact-challenged catchphrases like "cut and run" to defend their failed strategy, Democrats -- in agreement with an overwhelming majority of Americans -- want a smart solution for Iraq. We must properly arm our troops and the vehicles they use. Unlike the Bush Administration, Democrats understand the power of working with our friends in NATO and elsewhere, to try to come up ..."

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

John Boehner himself was on the record saying it was up to Ney and his family to determine when Ney resigned.
Of course it is.
Liberals don't understand the way conservatives value individual freedoms -- such as the freedom to decide when you have to quit your job. Pow!
Boy, you're an idiot. Of course he has the freedom to quit whenever he wants. The point made in David's post is that by not quitting, he's making things even harder for the GOP than they should be. POW!

As Trinity correctly pointed out, Ney isn't seeking re-election. But maybe he should. If he and Tom DeLay could win their seats -- and the way Republicans redistricted, that's not necessarily far-fetched -- they could hand those seats off to hand-picked successors.
Delay's redistricting actually caused his margin of victory to fall, so no, this isn't guaranteed. KABAM!


Face the facts, liberal America, Bob Ney is actually doing the Democrats a favor by being a convicted felon and not resigning. Bam!
Yes. This is exactly what JABBS is saying. KABLOOZIE!

The Republican leadership has bigger fish to fry right now, liberals.
You ain't just whistling dixie. GARBARAABA!

They have to figure out a way to not lose Tom Reynolds seat.
Maybe he should ask all those kids who are his "supporters" to vote. ANUS!

They need to launch new ads to try to help people forget about the Mark Foley scandal.
Best of luck. SHISH KABOB!


The Republican agenda is uniquely their own. It never will match the Democrat agenda, and liberals shouldn't expect that to change.
Oh, my is it ever. And we see what that's gotten us. BELCH!

5:58 PM  

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