Representative Bob Ney, Republican of Ohio, has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges related to his dealings with the corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, lawyers and others with knowledge of the investigation said Thursday.The only difference between Ney and the rest of them is he got caught.
A guilty plea would make Mr. Ney, a six-term congressman, the first member of Congress to admit to criminal charges in the Abramoff investigation, which has focused on the actions of several current and former Republican lawmakers who had been close to the former lobbyist.
People with detailed knowledge of the investigation said Mr. Ney had entered an in-patient rehabilitation center in recent days for treatment of alcoholism, making it uncertain whether he would appear at a court hearing to announce the plea. Lawyers and others would speak only anonymously because of concern that they would anger prosecutors...
Apart from the notoriety he received from the Abramoff scandal, Mr. Ney may be best remembered in Washington for his decision to label French-fried potatoes sold in the House cafeteria as “Freedom Fries” as a protest over the French government’s refusal to support the American invasion of Iraq.
"I'll have a Johnnie Black with a side of Freedom, please..."