Roy AshburnDuring Roy Ashburn's 14 years in statewide office, eight of which was served as the California State Senator, he consistently voted against any gay-rights bills. He quashed all efforts to expand anti-discrimination laws, recognize out-of-state gay marriages and honor Harvey Milk, slain gay rights activist, with a day of remembrance.
He also quashed something else when he walked out drunk from a Sacramento gay nightclub with an unidentified male and got behind the wheel where he was soon stopped and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. His name.
Shortly after the incident, Ashburn admitted he was gay in an interview with Inga Barks on KERN radio. He claimed that his anti-gay voting record was a responsibility to his constituents. Now that he's on the other side though, he's responsible with answering to a whole new demographic.
No more fun times at the club for Ashburn.
Bob NeyThe best thing Bob Ney did as representation of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representative was use his power to replace the word "french" in "french fries" and "french toast" with the word "freedom." I mean, it's obvious that menu items are a real crutch to our nation. It's also obvious that everyone needs a good laugh. So thanks Bob, you really are a joke.
Ney felt that the word change was so significant that he held a press conference where he stated that it was a "small, but symbolic effort to show the strong displeasure of many on Capital Hill with the actions of our so-called ally, France," referring to France's refusal to support the U.S. position on Iraq.
Well, his time in office was so influential that the committee overlooking House cafeterias changed the names back in 2006, right after Ney left office.
Which brings us to why he had to leave (thank God) in the first place.
Ney caught himself in a scandal with Jack Abramoff and his Indian lobbying group who he granted favors to in exchange for lavish gifts. Ney enjoyed everything from a free trip to the Super Bowl, Northern Marianas Islands, Scotland and other exotic, luxurious places. Along with being implicated in another separate case with the Abramoff SunCruz Casinos where he entered statements into the Congressional Record at former DeLay press secretary Michael Scanlon's request for a $10,000 contribution, Ney also did bad with the Tiguas Indians who he arranged to have them reopen their casinos after receiving $32,000 from the tribe.
Thus, it was only right that Ney got was sentenced to prison for his wrongdoings. It was wrong though that he was only behind bars for 30 months. So much for his "freedom" in prison.
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