Michael Myers (politician)
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Pennsylvania's 1st district
November 2, 1976 – October 2, 1980
|Preceded by||William Barrett|
|Succeeded by||Tom Foglietta|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
from the 184th district
January 5, 1971 – November 2, 1976
|Preceded by||Leland Beloff|
|Succeeded by||Leland Beloff|
Michael Joseph Myers
May 4, 1943
Michael Joseph "Ozzie" Myers (born May 4, 1943) is a politician from Philadelphia. Myers was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Myers, a Democrat, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976. Myers had previously been a longshoreman.
He was regarded as a "maverick" from the very beginning of his tenure in office. For example, in 1979 he got into a fight with a security guard and a 19-year-old female cashier in an elevator leading from the rooftop lounge of a Quality Inn motel in Arlington, Virginia, punching and kicking them. Myers became combative after they told him to turn down the music at a party he was having in the motel, shouting, "I'm a congressman: we don't have to be quiet." He was subsequently charged with assault and battery, and eventually pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct three months later. He received a six-month suspended sentence.
Myers is best known for his involvement in the Abscam scandal in 1980. Myers was videotaped accepting a bribe of USD$50,000 from undercover FBI agents on August 22, 1979. On that tape, Myers is recorded saying that "money talks in this business and bullshit walks." Myers was expelled from the House of Representatives on October 2, 1980, by a vote of 376 to 30, becoming the first member of the House to be expelled since 1861. Myers was convicted of bribery and conspiracy and sentenced to three years in prison in 1981.
Myers was defeated by Thomas M. Foglietta in the 1980 election.
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- Michael J. Myers at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
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- Charles E. Bennett (September 24, 1980). In the Matter of Representative Michael J. Myers, House Report 96-1387 (pdf). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.
- Greenhouse, Linda (June 1, 1983). "Justices Refuse to Hear Appeals in 7 ABSCAM Cases". New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
- United States Congress. "Michael J. Myers (id: M001132)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- The Political Graveyard
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
| Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 184th district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
William A. Barrett
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district
Thomas M. Foglietta
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