FORMER U.S. Congressman Bob Ney has penned a new book. In it, the Bellaire native is not shy about taking a shot at current U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Ney's book is titled, "Sideswiped: Lessons Learned Courtesy of the Hit Men of Capitol Hill." Ney, fell from political grace for his dealings with infamous lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
The former Republican Congressman paints Boehner as a politician who puts leadership behind fundraising and having fun.
"Many felt his money-raising focus would make up for his lack of concern about legislation -- he was considered a man who was all about winning and money," Ney writes. "He was a chain-smoking, relentless wine drinker who was more interested in the high life -- golf, women, cigarettes fun and alcohol."
Ney didn't stop there in blasting the Cincinnati Moeller High product. He added that Boehner was lazy, took thousands of dollars in booze, food and golf games from lobbyists and repeatedly slid around ethic rules.
"John got away with more than any other member on the Hill because he was well-liked and well protected by his staff.""
Ney, now 58, was elected to Congress in 1994, becoming the first Republican in more than a half century to capture Ohio's 18th District. Among his many committee positions was chairman of the powerful House Administration Committee.
Ney claims that Boehner offered him a lucrative private-sector job and assistance with his legal fees in an attempt to distance other GOP politicians from the Abramoff scandal. Ney, however, said no money or job ever came his way.
Ney has gotten his life in order after two divorces, conquering his alcohol issues and recovering from his political fall. He currently resides in the Newark, Ohio area, doing weekly radio commentaries. He is reportedly going to hold a book signing in St. Clairsville later this month. If so, I will be one of those attending, as the book sounds like a captivating and informative read.
I would also be comfortable with Ney returning to politics if it meant representing our area.
LORRAINE DONAHUE of Shadyside performed exceptionally well on "Jeopardy!" although she did not prevail. Donahue's show appearance was aired Wednesday night, which I was able to catch. She amassed more than $17,000 for her knowledge. However, Donahue squared off with two well-prepared competitors, who nosed her out with slightly more than $18,000. Unfortunately, she doesn't get to keep the amount she accrued on the show. Rather she gets third place money of $1,000. She did the Ohio Valley proud.
BELMONT COUNTY'S annual Lincoln Day Dinner will be held on Monday, April 22 at Undo's Restaurant (Hampton Inn) just east of St. Clairsville. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be newly elected Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 a couple. Tickets may be purchased from one of the GOP Executive Board members or by contacting County Chairman Kent Moore by email or phone. Moore may be contacted at 740-686-2768 or www. firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CITIZENS' Committee for Bellaire Schools will meet every Monday in March at 6 p.m. at the high school cafeteria. Plans for promoting the passage of the emergency operating levy will be discussed. All residents of the district, members of local organizations, and the business community are invited to attend. For more information, contact Susan West at 740-676-8187.
CONGRATULATIONS to River, St. Clairsville and Martins Ferry for advancing to their respective regional boys' basketball tournaments. St. C. making the Division II Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons is truly an outstanding achievement. Super senior Dan Monteroso turned in an Allan Hornyak-esque performance by scoring 85 points in two district games. Martins Ferry caught fire at season's end and benefitted from a formidable schedule and its massive frontline. River, meanwhile, took down two-time state champion Hiland in one of the most exciting prep contests you will ever see. We wish the Pilots, Red Devils and Purple the best of luck in their regional battles this week. I again say Monteroso is a Division I collegiate level hoopster.
THE BRIDGEPORT Rotary Club is sponsoring a bus trip to Washington D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Cost is $80 per person and once the reservation is made, no refunds will be given. The bus will leave from the Bridgeport School campus parking lot on Friday, April 12 at 11 p.m. and arrive in D.C. around 6 a.m. You will have all day Saturday to tour the Capitol and then the bus will depart D.C. at 11 p.m. and return to Bridgeport at 7 a.m. on April 14. For reservations or to obtain any other information on the trip, call Vickie Bland at 740-676-0759.
MICHELLE BIELANSKI Filander continues to turn around a Division III college basketball program in Texas. The former St. John Central two-time All-Ohioan guided Austin College, located in?Sherman, to a 12-15 mark, a major improvement from the train wreck she took over three years ago. The Lady Kangaroos had no seniors on this year's team. Bielanski finished her Lady Irish career in 1997 with 1,436 points, fourth in school history behind Stephanie Petho, Allan Hornyak and Kayla Magistro.
Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleader online.com