— House GOP Conference chair Deborah Pryce yesterday called for Rep. Bob Ney (R) to resign. Pryce faces a tough challenge as she seeks re-election in Ohio, where Republicans are burdened not only by their ties to an unpopular president, but also to an exceedingly unpopular, scandal-plagued governor -- and now to Ney.
Roll Call notices that an unusual number of members seem to be going from the House to the big house lately. Ney will "become the fourth Member to be locked up for criminal behavior, and... may not be the last. Ney will join ex-Reps. James Traficant (D-Ohio), Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.) and Frank Ballance (D-N.C.), all of whom currently are being held in federal correctional facilities... Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) could join this group of disgraced Members soon."