NEY’S HANDPICKED REPLACEMENT “FLATTERED” TO BE THE CHOSEN BY CORRUPT CONGRESSMAN
BOB NEY & JOY PADGETT PLAY “MUSICAL CHAIRS” IN CULTURE OF CORRUPTION
NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH — In a desperate move to stop surging congressional challenger Zack Space, Bob Ney dropped out of and pushed into the congressional race his handpicked candidate, who is also one of Bob Taft’s favorites.
“Bob Ney represented the culture of corruption in Washington and Joy Padgett represents the culture of corruption in Columbus,” said Joe Shafer, campaign manager for Zack Space. “Joy Padgett is tied at the hip to the most corrupt politicians in Ohio: Bob Ney, Bob Taft and Jim Petro. For Joy Padgett, being handpicked by Ney and appointed by Taft is quite an indictment.”
Shafer noted that in a story today Padgett admitted that she was “flattered” that Ney asked her to run for his seat. Padgett has contributed to Ney’s campaigns, received nearly $8,000 in contributions from Ney and had endorsed the corrupt congressman’s candidacy even after countless instances of influence peddling were revealed. Governor Bob Taft, who was convicted of violating state ethics laws, appointed her to the state Senate.
“She was appointed by Bob Taft and now chosen by Bob Ney,” Shafer said. “We need new priorities and new leadership.”
“We need new leaders and fresh faces like Zack Space to represent this district. The choice will be crystal clear for voters. Joy Padgett: a leading player in the culture of corruption in Ohio; Or, Zack Space: the man who signed an ethics pledge to refuse trips, meals and gifts from lobbyists.”