Rep Bob Ney (R-OH) has dropped out of a re-election effort due to damage from lobbyist scandals. State Sen Joy Padgett will replace Rep Ney on the Republican ticket. Rep Ney was plagued by his link to an ongoing probe into a lobbyist scandal.
Ealier this year, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) also dropped out of a re-election bid over mounting issues surrounding his relationship with lobbyists and his incictment on an unrelated campaign spending issue.
Polls repeatedly showed Rep Ney was taking a pounding among voters from the same influence peddling probe that landed a conviction against Rep Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) earlier this year. Rep Ney says he will not resign if indicted over his dealings with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But he says the campaign was taking a toll on his family. And it appears he decided he could not overcome the negative numbers in his race against Democrat Zack Space. (Forbes)