What a Racket(eering)

Congressman Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.), already in trouble on corruption charges, received more bad news yesterday. Federal prosecutors added new counts to his indictment, including "racketeering, making a false statement on a tax return and other counts to an indictment against Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi.

 

The charges stem from a land swap in which he's accused of abusing his official capacity to get a deal for a partner. Some of the money made was then filtered back to him.

 

Renzi decided not to run for re-election this year and will step down at the end of his term. His first district seat was just won by Ann Kirkpatrick (D). Kirkpatrick will become the second member of Congress that has participated in Arizona's Clean Elections system during her time in the Arizona legislature. Her colleague in the Arizona delegation, Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-Ariz.) also used the system during his time in the state.