03/28/2008 02:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Scandal Plagued Rep. Ney Told By Rep. Boehner To Resign Or Jeopardize His Chances To Make Money On K Street…

Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio), the subject of a federal corruption investigation involving convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, yielded to pressure from Republican leaders and announced yesterday that he will not seek election to a seventh House term this November.

House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) met with Ney last week to urge him to step aside, reminding him that with a son in college and a daughter nearing college age, he will need money, according to several congressional Republican aides. If he lost his House seat for the party, Boehner is said to have cautioned, Ney could not expect a lucrative career on K Street to pay those tuition bills, along with the hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees piling up.

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