Bob Ney, just like DeLay
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. NeyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬â€ indeed, it seems clear that he will prevail Ã¢â‚¬â€ but for what percentage he will receive. Just as DeLayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 OhioanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.