or many members of Congress leaving office, the outlook is rosy: lucrative job offers, prestigious accolades, and more time to spend with their families. But for three former House members, the past week has been a little rough.
Former Rep. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.), who lost his seat in 2006 to now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), learned Friday that will serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to drunk driving.
Former Texas Democratic Rep. Craig Washington (1989-1995) filed suit against two teenagers he shot at earlier this year after they were trespassing in a Houston parking lot he owned.
Washington is suing each teen for $600,000, approximately the same amount the U.S. government is suing him for, on account of back taxes.
In a much milder kerfuffle, a car that appears to belong to former Rep. Melissa Hart (R-Pa.), now a Pittsburgh-based lobbyist, was discovered in the Longworth parking garage. From the looks of it, the car (pictured here in a photo from The Daily Caller) may have been there for years. Hart lost her re-election bid in 2006, but there's an abandoned, soot and graffiti-covered white Volkswagen Jetta with her alma mater's sticker, expired Pennsylvania tags, and a 109th Congress parking pass on it. Hart refused to say whether the car is hers, but former members-turned-lobbyists are prohibited from using congressional parking garages.