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Sign placement puts GOP in negative light in Dover

Columbus Dispatch, January 31, 2006:
For U.S. Rep. Bob Ney, the target of a bribery investigation, it was an unfortunate juxtaposition.

He made his re-election announcement Thursday at the Tuscarawas County Republican Party headquarters in Dover, which shares a building with Cash Land, a consumer loan business. Side-by-side on a pole outside the two buildings are two signs: "Republican Headquarters" and "Cash Land."

A federal investigation has linked Ney to Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has pleaded guilty to several federal charges and is cooperating with prosecutors. Abramoff said he provided Ney and members of his staff with a golf trip to Scotland, tickets to sporting events, meals and campaign contributions in return for Ney’s help with clients.

More than 100 supporters gathered at party headquarters for Ney’s campaign kickoff, and nary a one mentioned the signs outside. But across the street, protester Robert Danco, of New Philadelphia, took note. "That’s appropriate," he said.