Speaking to reporters today, Cole said that Renzi has the right to prove his innocence and that he has to answer only to his voters, not the House GOP leadership.
"I didn't elect Rick Renzi," he said. While Cole said that the leadership has "made it very clear that we've got concerns," he believes that the GOP will still hold Renzi's seat in the fall election despite the controversy. He noted that it is a district in which President Bush took 51 percent of the vote and he added that Arizona Sen. John McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee, should be more popular than Bush, meaning that the party should retain the seat.
By Paul Bedard