Monday, August 07, 2006

Ney abandons re-election campaign

Prospective Hall of Shame member Bob Ney, caught up in the Abramoff corruption scandal, has ended his bid for a seventh term.

"Ultimately this decision came down to my family. I must think of them first, and I can no longer put them through this ordeal," said Ney, who has not been charged and has denied wrongdoing.

Okay, Ney. Whatever.

State Sen. Joy Padgett will run in his place. But she faces a tough slog against the Democratic candidate, Zack Space.

This is a mirror of the situation Tom DeLay found himself in -- won the primary, but dogged by corruption allegations. So he resigned. Unlike in Texas, however, it doesn't seem like Ney's resignation will be contested.

Whatever else happens at the polls, the Abramoff scandal is costing the Republicans a sizable chunk of their leadership. My hope is that this is strengthening the hand of moderates within the party, who are tired of the crap that gets pulled down on their heads by the divisive and corrupt antics of the conservative leadership. What I hope emerges is a cleaner, more reasonable Republican leadership that recognizes the price the party has paid for greed and scorched-earth tactics.

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Anonymous JonathanGarro said...

Did you hear that since the Abramoff scandals, that Congress has taken half as many trips?

Awesome blog, (based on your "About Me" profile, you and I are like the same person - politically, at least...Im not brave enough to join the military). Welcome to my blogroll.

8/07/2006 6:14 PM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

When the light goes on, the cockroaches scatter....

Thanks for the kind words. I'll check out your blog, too.

8/07/2006 10:08 PM  

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