Whoops. More Bob Ney fun (via Openers):
Matthew D. Parker, who serves as campaign manager for embattled GOP Rep. Bob Ney, has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in Washington, DC, which is investigating the Abramoff scandal.
Parker, who also serves as district director in Ney’s main Ohio office, plans to comply with the subpoena, according to a statement from Ney’s office that was read Thursday on the House of Representatives floor.
Parker and Ney bought houses on the same street in Heath last year within days of each other. Parker’s congressional salary also climbed exponentially throughout the year, quarterly House of Representatives expense reports indicate.
Parker went from earning $4,440 in the year’s first quarter, to $10,000 in the second quarter, to $18,499 in the third quarter to $33,500 in the fourth quarter.
Parker did not immediately return phone calls to his home or Ney’s campaign headquarters. Ney spokesman Brian Walsh also did not immediately respond to requests for comment, although he released a statement announcing that he has accepted a new job as communications director for Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn.
“I will always care a great deal for Congressman Ney and his family, and I will always appreciate the opportunity he gave me in late 2002 by hiring me as his Communications Director,” the statement from Walsh said.
Meanwhile, Bill Burton, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, issued a statement predicting that “Ney’s cover-ups could soon become bright orange coveralls.”
“The truth is, Bob Ney’s record on jobs, health care and gas prices have been as damaging for Ohio families as any deals he’s had with Jack Abramoff,” Burton said.
So many messages in that one. Ponder, if you will…