Renzi Remaining

Embattled Congressman Rick Renzi has pledged to remain in office despite a 35-count indictment against him. In a statement issued by his press spokesman, Renzi asserted, “I will not resign and take on the cloak of guilt because I am innocent.”

An arraignment is scheduled for March 6th in which the congressman will face the 26-page indictment.

Renzi appears confident that he will overcome the charges and clear his name.

From my perspective, it doesn’t look all that positive which makes me wonder if the Congressman is not revealing his hand against the federal government. Is this another case of a federal prosecutor with political motives?

Given Renzi’s confidence that he will prevail, we’d like to know if this will all be washed out in the courts. Renzi’s legal team consists of Reid Weingarten and Kelly Kramer.


  1. If he is innocent, then more power to him for not succumbing to the pressure of the press. If he is not, then we will all be the recipient of the repercussions.

  2. Scrupulous, exhumed says

    He should take a cue from Hayworth, who was being investigated and eventually was not indicted after he lost re-election. A coincidence? The political harm’s been done to Renzi, he can only move up, so no reason to also quit the job he was elected to do.

    Who knows if he’s guilty or not, that’s what the trial will decide. A bunch of posturing and other shenanigans going on before that is all premature.

  3. I really do hope he is innocent of these grave charges. At times like this, it’s good to know we have a justice system with a presumption of innocence in court. If those charges were levied against you with no chance to defend yourself, that would be a long sentence. Serious charges and obviously it does not look good if you read the indictment. But we’ve heard nothing of his defense. Absolutely nothing. You wonder if there is a motive to use the seat as a bargaining chip but I would like to hear the defense.

    Imagine being tried by the editorial writers at the Arizona Republic? That would be like Mr. Bill going up against Judge Sluggo.

  4. Just one note to correct the record, as outlined above by “Scrupulous, exhumed.” I was never the “target” of a Justice Department investigation.

    I responded to the inquires of the DOJ fully and truthfully, and the DOJ in turn informed my lawyers that no investigation was warranted.

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