Ney calling it quits…
COLUMBUS, Ohio – U.S. Rep. Bob Ney (news, bio, voting record), 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.
He plans to serve the remainder of his term, his statement said.
If he really cared about his family he should have thought of them “first” back when he decided to hook up with Jack, no?