Monday, September 03, 2007

A special election in CD1 is still possible...

From a Chicago Tribune article about the Sen. Craig (R-ID) scandal (thanks to blog Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, Over for the heads-up on this article) -
Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) recently said he would not run for re-election, privately telling his staff that he expects to be indicted for his ties to Abramoff.

While this would be a great turn of events if true, take the article with a grain of salt.

Perhaps the *only* thing that Renzi (R-Mantech) has yet to get in serious trouble for are his limited ties to Abramoff.

Funnelling defense appropriations to his father's company (the aforementioned Mantech)? Yep.

Campaign finance violations? Yep again.

Shady land deals and business dealings? Oh yeaaahhhhh.

His ties to Abramoff are almost an afterthought compared to his other issues, but whatthehell -

The feds took mob kingpin and stone killer Al Capone off the streets with an income tax violation; if the ties to Abramoff are what get the job done with Renzi, so be it.

My only question is does Renzi have to resign upon indictment, or like fellow corrupt Republican Fife Symington before him, can he wait until he is convicted before leaving office? Or does he have to be forced from office by a vote of the House? Comments with that info will be gratefully accepted. :)


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