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From Topdog to Underdog: The Downfall of Congressman Bob Ney

Bob Ney, famous for urging Americans to call french fries “freedom fries,” had a long political career of 25 years. But in 2006 Ohio Congressman Bob Ney pled guilty to federal charges of corruption and falsification of federal documents in connection with the now infamous Jack Abramoff, a Washington super lobbyist-turned criminal. Bob Ney, former chairman of the House Administration Committee, served 17 months in prison.

Upon his release, Ney wrote a book about his downfall, Sideswiped: Lessons Learned Courtesy of the Hit Men on Capitol Hill, which was released in 2013.

He dedicated a portion of his book to the Siegelman Case, claiming that Siegelman had been “Roved.” He revealed that Karl Rove called Abramoff to help defeat Don Siegelman.

Amazon provides this description about his book: “As a six-term member of congress, Bob found himself caught up in a culture of greed, backstabbing, and corruption that eventually destroyed his career. In his book, Bob recounts the events leading up to his resignation, his own guilt, and how a powerful member of congress and the Bush Administration officials played leading roles in both the Abramoff scandal and Bob’s own downfall.

Today Bob spends his time writing, is involved in humanitarian endeavors, and is committed to people in recovery through 12 Step programs.

Book: SideSwiped by Bob Ney

Amazon Review He is a man who made mistakes, but the biggest mistakes are not the ones he went to jail for. His biggest mistakes were in crossing key, and powerful people. From this book, it gives the impression of him being the fall guy for a far more corrupt group on the hill.

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