Former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) rips Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (R-Ohio), the George W. Bush administration and the press in his new book that focuses on the Jack Abramoff scandal that rocked the nation’s capital.
Ney attacks BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE on a personal and professional level in Sideswiped: Lessons Learned Courtesy of the Hit Men of Capitol Hill.
In 2006, as the Abramoff scandal was intensifying around the then-radioactive Ney, the former Ohio legislator said Boehner had offered him a deal.
“If you resign in the next day,” Ney quoted Boehner, “I will personally guarantee you a job comparable to what you are making, and raise legal defense money for you.”
Ney took the deal, but alleged Boehner never lived up to his side of the agreement, writing, “The phone silence from Boehner was deafening.”
In October of 2006, Ney pleaded guilty and later served 17 months in prison.
The Speaker’s office is pushing back against Ney’s claims.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said, “This is a convicted felon with a history of failing to tell the truth making a lot of baseless accusations to try and sell books. More than anything else, it’s sad.”
Ney also goes after the Bush Department of Justice for how it handled his case, and criticizes the media for intimidation tactics.
The 363-page book details Ney’s bout with alcoholism and the key decisions that led to his downfall. While Ney doesn’t pull any punches against congressional officials, he also praises others, such as ex-Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio).
Ney, who is now a political analyst for Talk Radio News Service, notes that before he walked into prison, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called to see how he and his family were doing.
Changing Lives Press and television/radio personality Ellen Ratner are hosting a book party for Ney at D.C.’s Monocle Restaurant on Wednesday.