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Thursday, January 18, 2007

OPENERS: Bob Ney Boozed Day and Night

CLEVELAND (TDB) -- OPENERS is reporting Bob Ney's campaign manager has written a letter to the federal judge who sentences the former Ohio GOP congressman tomorrow. The letter described Ney as a "functioning alcoholic" while in office. It says he now is financially busted.

Other notes seeking leniency from the judge mentioned Ney loves Clark Bars. (Do federal prison commissaries stock that brand of candy?)

Matthew Parker, a former aide and political handler, said Ney would start early with some brews. ''Bob was a functioning alcoholic who would rarely make it through the day without drinking and would often begin drinking beers as early as 7:30 a.m.," the OPENERS item by Sabrina Eaton reports. Her full story is HERE. Sabrina covers Congress out of the paper's Washington Bureau and has broken many stories about the Ney scandal. He will be sentenced tomorrow and is expected to draw a prison term.

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