Campaign 2010

Aug 07, 2006

Ney Forced Out: Handpicks Favorite of Ohio’s Most Corrupt Politicians and the Special Interests

DCCC Press

Aug 7, 2006

Ney Forced Out: Handpicks Favorite of Ohio’s Most Corrupt Politicians and the Special Interests

Chooses Taft-appointed State Senator Joy Padgett (OH-20) to Run in His Place

“The first thing we know about Joy Padgett is that she’s Ney’s handpicked candidate – a distinction about as prestigious as Michael Brown giving you something called a FEMA Gold Star for Competence. The second thing we know is that she was first appointed to her State Senate seat by disgraced Governor Bob Taft," said Bill Burton, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Bob Ney was forced out of this race by the reality of an electorate demanding change from the culture of corruption in Washington and a Congress that compulsively puts special interests first at every opportunity.”

Ney called Padgett on Saturday and asked the fellow Republican to run in his place, saying that defending himself has been a strain on his family, she said. [Associated Press, 8/7/06]

"She is a person of passion and conviction," Ney said. "I can think of no better person to represent this district." [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 8/7/06]

The Padgett Record – A History of Ties to Ney, Taft and the Special Interests

Padgett Took Nearly $8,000 from Ney. Since 1993, Padgett has taken at least $7,500 from Ohio Congressman Bob Ney. [Ohio Secretary of State, www.sos.state.oh.us ]

Padgett Was Appointed by Taft to Direct the Governor’s Office of Appalachia. In mid-1999, Padgett was appointed to director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, a $63,000 a year job. At the time of the appointment, she was a four-term state House member, barred by term limits to seek re-election. [Columbus Dispatch, 10/10/04; Associated Press, 6/7/99]

Padgett Was Appointed by Taft to Serve in the State Senate. After serving in the appointed position of director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, Padgett was appointed again, this time to the state Senate. [Roll Call, 12/7/05]

Padgett Has Taken Money from Big Drug Makers, Energy and Tobacco. In her campaigns for the Ohio state House and Senate, Padgett has taken money from the pharmaceutical manufacturers; Pfizer, Merck and Johnson & Johnson; oil & gas interests and the tobacco company R.J. Reynolds. [Ohio Secretary of State, www.sos.state.oh.us ]


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