A few years ago, I found myself in a dialogue here with disgraced former Congressman Bob Ney, who had been part of the DeLay-Abramoff axis. He went to jail. Abramoff went to jail. DeLay went on Dancing with the Stars.
But so it goes. That conversation was a few years back and now I can’t find it . . . brief as it was, I found the man the very definition of repentant and reformed. He didn’t only change his ethical standards – acknowledging his alcoholism, he also undertook to reform his eating and exercise habits. The result:
Ney is out and about again with a new book, Sideswiped: Lessons Learned
Courtesy of the HIt Men of Capitol Hill (here). Since he’s my old BFF, I’ll read it.
The particular round of corruption he got entangled in has always fascinated me. It was so blatant and so very very venal. It was almost out in the open and went on for years. (Christian pin-up Ralph Reed was involved; just the epic of he and Abramoff team-tagging some Indian tribes is screenplay worthy all on its own.)
Since Ney is doing the teevee book tour, I am reminded of all this. I wish the man well.