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Renzi Vows to Stay in House

Arizona Rep. Rick Renzi (R) said late Monday that he would not resign from the House, despite being indicted last week by a federal grand jury in Tucson on 35 counts of money laundering, wire fraud, extortion and other charges related to a land-swap scheme and his alleged embezzlement of money from his own company to fund his first House campaign.

"I will not resign and take on the cloak of guilt because I am innocent. My legal team of Reid Weingarten and Kelly Kramer will handle these legal issues while I continue to serve my constituents," Renzi said in a statement, referring to the two attorneys handling his defense.

After news of Renzi's indictment broke Friday, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, "I strongly urge Rep. Renzi to seriously consider whether he can continue to effectively represent his constituents under these circumstances." The GOP leader also said he wants to meet with Renzi "at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss this situation."

Renzi announced last year that he would not run for reelection in 2008, and a race is already underway to replace him.

By Ben Pershing  |  February 25, 2008; 7:08 PM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules , House  
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Well, should we find this surprising? Clear out the House and Senate. Reform campaign finance, and eliminate lobbyists! An honest administration might set a tone of decency also.

Posted by: 2by2 | February 25, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

YouTube - OBAMA'S LIMO SEX & DRUG PARTY

Posted by: abcz | February 25, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

So much for the GOP cleaning their own back yard! Larry Craig is still going!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 25, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

What does Tom DeLay think about all of this?

Posted by: zoltan | February 25, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I live in Renzi's district-or rather-he carpetbags in MINE. Good folks in Northern Arizona are gleeful that his dishonest ways have caught with him...tho we are not surprised. During his last campaign I took note and made and distributed/posted lists of all the businesses in Flagstaff that supported him and have boycotted them ever since..time to break out that list again to apply pressure on those donors to apply pressure on the congressman to resign.

Posted by: HK | February 25, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

He and Tom Delay should run in 2008 what a perfect team to show GOP values.

Posted by: Ben Matheny | February 25, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

He can sit right next to Jefferson....

Posted by: anon | February 25, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

After news of Renzi's indictment broke Friday, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, "I strongly urge Rep. Renzi to seriously consider whether he can continue to effectively represent his constituents under these circumstances." The GOP leader also said he wants to meet with Renzi "at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss this situation."

How is it that members of congress can take a couple of years off while prostituting themselves for a higher office - still taking the paycheck - and none of their colleagues seem to think this represents an issue? Obama, Clinton and McCain are all missing votes and are hardly focused on their primary job.

While running for president doesn't necessarily mean the same thing as facing an indictment - that is until lying is indictable - the constituents are still left holding the bag.

Posted by: anon | February 25, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Another great example of a U.S. republican. Wonderful!!

Posted by: Eric | February 25, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I love the responses that boil down to "well, there are some corrupt Democrats, too!"

I love how there is no outrage at the actual corruption. I don't care what side of the isle you fall on, corruption ought to be rooted out. Be an American, not a Republican.

Posted by: Marc | February 25, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

... some republican ... many republican ... lots of republican ... most republican politicians are criminals. most democratic politicians are criminals too. Therefore most republicans are democrats.

And soon they will blame Bill Clinton.

Posted by: Ferd | February 25, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

The GOP have been corrupt for so long that they no longer feel shame when they're caught. No humility whatsoever. What a nerve!

Posted by: Barbara B. | February 25, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

No surprise here. He's a Republican through and through! Crook, liar, thief. Glad he's not resigning though. He's the gift that keeps on giving to Dems, just like Craig and the rest of their ilk.

It's a sad commentary on the US that we still allow lobbyists and corporations to donate ONE CENT to any political campaign at any level. We'll keep getting thieves as long as it remains legal to bribe them.

Posted by: capone1 | February 25, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Another one of the Republican vermin who have been our supposed "leaders" for the past seven years is exposed for what he really is.

And I applaud his plan to stay in office--it'll make it that much easier for a Democrat to pick up that seat.

Thank you for being you, Mr. Renzi.

Posted by: reporter1 | February 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Another one of the Republican vermin who have been our supposed "leaders" for the past seven years is exposed for what he really is.

And I applaud his plan to stay in office--it'll make it that much easier for a Democrat to pick up that seat.

Thank you for being you, Mr. Renzi.

Posted by: reporter1 | February 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Another one of the Republican vermin who have been our supposed "leaders" for the past seven years is exposed for what he really is.

And I applaud his plan to stay in office--it'll make it that much easier for a Democrat to pick up that seat.

Thank you for being you, Mr. Renzi.

Posted by: reporter1 | February 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

As if the Republicans needed anything else to call attention to the graft and corruption that seems to run rampant during their administrations.

If Bush is going to give Halliburton carte blanche to countless billions, what's wrong with Rick picking up some chump change.

Of course, this is only a the very tip of the iceberg. I want to see some really heating up (aka, the hotseat) of the investigations into all of our politicians. There's far too much money changing hands, and we aren't getting anything for it.

Posted by: Buzzm1 | February 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

As if the Republicans needed anything else to call attention to the graft and corruption that seems to run rampant during their administrations.

If Bush is going to give Halliburton carte blanche to countless billions, what's wrong with Rick picking up some chump change.

Of course, this is only a the very tip of the iceberg. I want to see some really heating up (aka, the hotseat) of the investigations into all of our politicians. There's far too much money changing hands, and we aren't getting anything for it.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Sounds pretty typical to me, We have a democrat in trouble locally for the same type of stuff. I don't think it matters which party anymore. They all seem to be on the take.

Posted by: Lee B | February 26, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Ya, ya. Why is it that none of the crooks in Florida ever get caught? That is where the RNC Mafia is operating as a tag-team killing machine with impunity.

Posted by: The Fredo Bandido | February 26, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I think the Republicans can handle another criminal indictment - that's just par for the course in the GOP. On the other hand, they're just happy that no one is accusing Renzi of being another closet homosexual (e.g. Larry Craig).

Posted by: Don | February 26, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Good old fashion Conservative Christian Republican values. Never admit you're wrong, never let the facts get in the way of your beliefs, only liberal, islamo-terrorist, gay life-style loving atheists would ever attack a good old boy like him. The face of a true conservative Republican exposed.

Posted by: thebob.bob | February 26, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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