Opinion in Zanesville is mixed over Congressman Bob Ney’s decision to drop out of his reelection campaign.
Ohio Congressman Bob Ney rallied supporters in Chillicothe today – one day after kicking off a re-election bid for Ohio’s 18th congressional district. The embattled Republican told a crowd of about 100 that he’ll eventually be cleared of allegations he took bribes from lobbyist Jack Abramoff. His Democratic opponent – Chillicothe mayor Joe Sulzer – says it’s “pure arrogance” that a key figure in the Congressional ethics scandal seeks to be re-elected.
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff on Tuesday pleaded guilty to trying to bribe Ohio Congressman Bob Ney with, among other things, a trip to Scotland. Also on Tuesday the head of the state Democratic Party called on Ney to resign his committee chairmanship. In spite of growing negative publicity, WOSU’s Sam Hendren reports Ney remains popular in his eastern Ohio district.
A group called the Campaign for America’s Future this week unveiled a new round of ads critical of Ohio Congressman Bob Ney. Ney has been subpoenaed in an investigation of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Ads are appearing in the local newspaper serving St. Clairsville, where Congressman Ney has an office. But will an ethics scandal affect Ney’s chances for reelection?