Monday, January 16, 2006

IN THE FLESH - Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH)

So, if you've been paying attention to the news, you know that the Alito hearings ended - most likely with Joe Biden muttering something about his father's collection of organically preserved moose heads and how they have bearing on Brown V. Board of Education.

As such, and as predicted, the focus once again shifts to the Abramoff scandal, and it's latest victim - Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio.

So, in PTF's ongoing campaign to give insight as to who the individuals are behind the decisions that are made in American politics, we present a brief profile of Bob Ney.

Rep. Bob Ney represents the 18th District of Ohio, a largely rural area of the Southeast portion of the state, made up of about 16 counties.

Prior to serving in the United States House of Representatives, Ney was an Ohio State House and Senate member, and was elected to the US House in 1994 elections - the year that saw Newt Gingrich and the Contract With America sweep Republicans into the majority. Ironic that these elections focused on the alleged corruption of the Democrats at the time.

Kettle? it's the pot. You're black.

Prior to his most recent demotion, Rep. Bob Ney's web site announced that he was ranked as the "...11th Most Powerful Member of Congress by an independent, non-partisan poll." Obviously, that poll will need a little adjustment now.

Until very recently, Ney was the Chair of the House Administration Committee, which has oversight on lots of important issues, including but not limited to the acceptance or purchase of works of art for the Capitol, the Botanic Garden, and the disposition of useless executive papers.

Oh wait... there's also those little things, like the Election of the President, Vice President, Members, Senators, Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner; corrupt practices; contested elections; credentials and qualifications; and Federal elections generally.

Now we understand where at least a portion of the power comes from. Gotcha.

While he's given up his Chair position on Administration, he also holds positions on the House Committee on Financial Services, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as the Joint Committee on Printing.

Oh, it's maybe worth mentioning this here, as well. Ney is the Chair of the Housing Subcommittee within the Financial Services Committee. This past week, Ney was holding field hearings as part of a continuing series of hearings on housing options in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. If you're one of those individuals or families affected by these natural disasters, is this REALLY the guy you want holding these hearings right now?

As always, if you want to get in touch with the Congressman to let him know what a super job he's doing, feel free to e-mail him directly at, or call directly at 202-225-6265.

Previously on IN THE FLESH - Tony C. Rudy

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