WASHINGTON — A top House Republican on Tuesday called for Rep. Bob Ney to resign, days after the six-term GOP lawmaker agreed to plead guilty to federal corruption charges.
"He betrayed his constituents, he betrayed the body and there's no place for him in the Congress," said Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), the No. 4 Republican in the House.
Last week, Ney admitted to improperly accepting tens of thousands of dollars' worth of trips, meals, sports tickets and casino chips while trying to win favors for disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Ney had denied any wrongdoing for months, but he reversed course and agreed to plead guilty in court papers filed Friday. Prosecutors will recommend 27 months in prison.
House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has said that resignation is a decision for Ney and his family to make.