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Bob Ney Won't Seek Re-Election

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  • Greg Cannon
    For those who don t recall Ney s connection to El Paso: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=3128&print=1 Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to bribery charges late last year,
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      For those who don't recall Ney's connection to El
      Paso:
      http://www.bradblog.com/?p=3128&print=1

      Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to bribery charges late
      last year, had pushed Ney to include provisions in the
      act that would have given federal tribal recognition
      to the Tigua Tribe and to allow it to reopen a casino
      in Texas. Abramoff represented the Tiguas. Although
      e-mails that have surfaced as part of the Abramoff
      scandal revealed the disgraced lobbyist bragged that
      he was close to Dodd and Ney, the provision did not
      make it into HAVA.
      …
      While Ney has acknowledged he sought to include the
      provisions, he has insisted he was doing so on the
      merits and not at the behest of Abramoff.

      http://www.forbes.com/business/healthcare/feeds/ap/2006/08/07/ap2930745.html

      Senator: Bob Ney Won't Seek Re-Election
      By JOE DANBORN , 08.07.2006, 04:41 AM

      U.S. Rep. Bob Ney, dogged by an influence peddling
      probe in Washington, will not seek re-election, state
      Sen. Joy Padgett said early Monday.

      Ney called Padgett on Saturday and asked the fellow
      Republican to run in his place, saying that defending
      himself has been a strain on his family, she said.

      "It's a very sad time," Padgett said of Ney's
      decision, first reported by the Pittsburgh
      Tribune-Review on its Web site.

      She said Ney told her, "that there's only so much he
      can take. He said, 'I have to do this.'"

      Padgett told The Associated Press she would run for
      Ney's seat.

      Calls to Ney's office and staff were not immediately
      returned. He has not been charged and has denied
      wrongdoing.

      Padgett said Ney told her he intends to serve the
      remainder of his term.

      The six-term congressman from Heath in central Ohio
      had insisted he would not resign even if indicted over
      his dealings with now-convicted lobbyist Jack
      Abramoff. In his first primary test in a decade, Ney
      won 68 percent of the vote May 2 against a
      little-known opponent.

      However, he faced a tough challenge in November from
      Democrat Zack Space, who had made the Justice
      Department's investigation into Ney a focus of his
      campaign.

      For the first three months of 2006, Ney's campaign
      spent more than it raised, a deficit he blamed on
      mounting legal costs. In the past three months, it was
      unusually intense campaigning in his expansive rural
      district that caused the incumbent to spend $52,675
      more than donors gave him, he said.

      "I'm embattled and attacked; I understand that," Ney
      told The AP last month after Space raised about
      $190,000 more than Ney for the quarter.

      Ney, 52, told the Tribune-Review that his family had
      not asked him to drop out, but he wanted to spare them
      anyway.

      "I'm doing this for one reason: my family. My wife and
      two children have been through enough," he said.

      Ney also was frustrated that the scandal was
      overshadowing his work, the newspaper reported.

      Padgett, who said she has known Ney for at least 20
      years, was flattered that he and House Majority Leader
      John Boehner, R-Ohio, asked her to run. She said she
      wished the circumstances were different, "but you have
      to take life as it's given."

      Calls to Boehner's staff were not immediately returned.
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