Friday, September 15, 2006

Another One Bites the Dust

Republican Rep. Bob Ney (OH-18) is expected to plead guilty today. Here is an excerpt from The Hill:

Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) is expected to plead guilty
later today to at least one count of corruption in the prolonged investigation of disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Republicans on Capitol Hill said Thursday.

The Ohio Republican announced last month that he would not seek reelection in the face of widespread speculation that he would be indicted for his connections to Abramoff, the once-powerful Republican lobbyist who pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges last January.

Calls to Ney’s office and to that of his lawyer, Mark Tuohey, were not returned on Thursday. Ney was present during House votes on Tuesday but missed votes on Wednesday and Thursday.

Ney’s former chief of staff, Neil Volz, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy in May, and the Ohio lawmaker was mentioned in his plea as well as Abramoff’s...

Don't these Republicans believe in ethics? Did all of these Republicans think they were above the law? Ney and the many Republicans who have had ethics problems have broken the public's trust. Here in Ohio, we have had our share of corruption at every level of government controlled by Republicans, from the Republican governor to local elected Republican officials. It is sad. While the Republicans are lining their pockets, eating at fancy restaurants, and visiting foreign capitals on trips paid for by special interests, the regular folks here in Ohio are struggling to find and keep jobs. It isn't right.

Ney's new Republican replacement for the 18th district is Joy Padgett. Padgett was responsible for swiftboating her Democratic opponent in the last election. Her Democratic opponent was Terry Anderson, an American who was held hostage in Lebanon for over seven years. I guess Padgett thought he didn't suffer enough and she had to add her personal attacks. Padgett is symbolic of the pond scum that makes up the Republican leadership in Ohio (This is just my opinion.)

If the people of Ohio's 18th district like the corruption, war, lies, and job losses the Republicans have given us, then they should just cast a mindless vote for Padgett. However, if they want to make a real change in this country, and this state, citizens in the 18th district must vote for ZACK SPACE.