View Full Version : Another One Bites The Dust! Renzi May resign Toda

Gayle in MD
04-27-2007, 09:32 AM

U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., could soon step down in the wake of a federal investigation into his involvement in a federal land swap deal and FBI raids of an insurance agency owned by his wife.

His resignation could come as early as Friday or soon after, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Top Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, have been meeting to discuss what they will do if Renzi resigns and his rural congressional seat opens up.

Republican leaders also are starting to encourage Renzi to resign, saying a prolonged investigation will hurt the party's chances of holding onto his Arizona seat, according to knowledgeable sources.

Democrats also are preparing for a Renzi exit. Cottonwood attorney Jim Ledbetter is among those being recruited by party leadership to run for Renzi's seat in a possible special election.

The federal investigation is looking at Renzi's involvement in a land swap deal including a possible payment by a former business partner, according to The Hill newspaper. The Wall Street Journal reports that a grand jury has been convened in Tucson to investigate Renzi.

The congressman has denied any wrongdoing in the matter. His office did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Democrats are keeping the pressure on Renzi and are looking to link the investigation to the resignation of Paul Charlton as U.S. attorney for Arizona. Charlton was pushed out of that post after the November elections, along with several other federal prosecutors.

Ledbetter is a conservative Democrat, favoring gun rights and a federal ban on some late-term abortions. He said it would be best for the district if Renzi stepped down soon.

Ledbetter said Thursday he is traveling to Washington to meet with Democratic congressional and campaign leaders. He said he already has spoken with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and U.S. Reps. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland and Adam Schiff of California about a possible run for Renzi's seat.
<font color="red">More Honor Restoration going on in the Republican Ranks. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif </font color>

04-27-2007, 10:29 AM
Oh no...not another scandal....Guinness keeps having to rewrite their record books...

Here's a suggestion...have the entire Republican party resign, weeed out the crooks, and the religious zealots, and if there's anybody left, reorganize the party......
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Gayle in MD
04-28-2007, 07:21 AM
Now this is what I call shock and awe! Two Repubs caught in the prostitute scandal? How could this be? /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif This process of restoring honor and integrity to the White House is quite a messy affair. Atleast our good Democrats don't have to pay for it when they want a little extra curricular, LOL. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

WASHINGTON (April 28) - Randall Tobias, head of the Bush administration's foreign aid programs, abruptly resigned Friday after his name surfaced in an investigation into a high-priced call-girl ring, said two people in a position to know the circumstances of his departure.

Tobias, held two titles: director of U.S. foreign assistance and administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Court documents have already listed Harlan Ullan, a military strategist known for his "shock and awe" combat theories, as a client of the escort service.

04-28-2007, 08:41 AM
The scandals of the past couple of years....have certainly given a new meaning to me, of "Christian, conservative"

04-28-2007, 07:53 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Gayle in MD:</font><hr> Atleast our good Democrats don't have to pay for it when they want a little extra curricular, LOL. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif <hr /></blockquote>

No, they have interns for that! /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

Gayle in MD
04-30-2007, 06:26 AM
Foley was a Republican, Steve, not a Democrat. /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif