For those who don't recall Ney's connection to El
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.
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
Calls to Ney's office and staff were not immediately
returned. He has not been charged and has denied
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
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
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
"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.