U.S. Rep. Bob Ney, under scrutiny in a corruption scandal involving convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, announced Monday that he was abandoning his re-election campaign.
The Republican had insisted he would not resign, even if indicted over his dealings with Abramoff. In his first primary test in a decade, Ney won 68 percent of the vote May 2 against a little-known opponent.
But in a statement released by his campaign Monday morning, Ney said he had decided to withdraw from his race 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.....
Another corrupt Republican bites the dust. Who will be next? Since so many Republicans had their hands greased by Abramoff and other lobbyists, it is just a matter of time before another one 'bites the dust.'