The following is an update to the Bob Ney story:
House Speaker Dennis Hastert is trying to force out Ohio Rep. Bob Ney
(news, bio, voting record) as chairman of the House Administration
Committee, a week after Justice Department documents linked Ney to a bribery
scheme involving convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Ney’s committee has jurisdiction over the Republican reform agenda in the
wake of the Abramoff scandal, and Hastert believes it is inappropriate to
let Ney run it, said a GOP leadership aide, who spoke on condition of
anonymity because of the negotiations between Ney and the speaker.
Ney, who was in New Orleans for a hearing on housing needs in the wake of
Hurricane Katrina, confirmed that he is talking with Hastert about stepping
down from the chairmanship.
“I’m considering it ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â stepping down temporarily ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â and once the issue is
over, I’ll come back,” he said. “Life continues. I’ll continue to do my
How long until the right tries to spin this into a partisan attack by
Democrats? I bet they are working hard on a tactic as we speak.