Thursday, October 20, 2005
Bob Ney and Issue 4
One of the more interesting and apropos revelations in the recent WaPo piece on Bob Ney's troubles is this:
Shortly after Ney arrived in the House in 1994, he became a part of DeLay's Retain Our Majority Program (ROMP), a fundraising effort in which GOP colleagues donated to Republicans such as Ney in districts without a safe majority. After lines were redrawn to make Ney's district more Republican, he returned the favor, donating to other vulnerable House Republicans. That helped him earn his chairmanship in 2001, leapfrogging over a colleague with more seniority. [emphasis added]You scratch my back with redistricting and I'll scratch yours.