Bob Ney, just like DeLay

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Tom DeLay "won" his Republican primary with more than 60% of the vote, and soon after announced his resignation. Can we expect the same out of Rep. Bob Ney -- named as Representative #1 in the Abramoff investigation? According to Congressional Quarterly, "Ney ran unopposed in the 18th District in 2002 and took two-thirds of the vote in 2004, but GOP officials acknowledge that he faces a very close race against the winner of a May 2 Democratic primary in which four candidates are competing. ... No well-known Republican stepped forward to challenge Ney in the primary, though the congressman will face a GOP opponent for the first time in his career. Ney’s lone intraparty challenger is James Brodbelt Harris, a financial analyst and political unknown.

The Republican primary will be closely watched, not for whether Ney wins or loses — indeed, it seems clear that he will prevail — but for what percentage he will receive. Just as DeLay’s underwhelming 62 percent in a primary last month revealed a deep vulnerability among base Republican voters in his Texas district, a sizable 'protest' vote against Ney would expose the Ohioan’s own political weakness."

We may well hear another "for the good of the Republican Party" excuse. Already, 19 Republicans have announced their retirement or have already resigned -- DeLay and Randy Cunningham. Will Ney be the 20th? We shall see.

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