Bob Ney: ‘Sideswiped’ isn’t about revenge

by - March 14, 2013

Ney’s book — “Sideswiped: Lessons Learned Courtesy of the Hit Men of Capitol Hill” — is, in many ways, the opposite of the post-prison memoir of his one-time friend and lobbyist Jack Abramoff. That book adopted a more conciliatory tone and settled fewer scores.

“I think Jack’s book was sterilized,” Ney said of Abramoff’s book, “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist.” “He wanted to spare everybody. Jack didn’t have to butcher everybody but, Lord, what a sterile version.”

And, if you think Ney’s book - which has some harsh things to say about Speaker John Boehner, among others - is a score-settler, the former Ohio Republican lawmaker thinks it’s actually quite tame.

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