Torricelli (D-NJ) was``severely admonished'' by the Senate Ethics
Committee July 30 for his relationship with a former friend and
campaign contributor, David Chang, AP reports.
Torricelli demanded donations and expensive gifts in exchange
for assisting him in business ventures in North and South Korea.
The committee faulted Torricelli on six counts, most of them related
to the gifts.
have become an issue in the campaign of Republican Douglas Forrester,
who hopes to oust Torricelli this fall. For Republicans, an upset
could be the key to regaining control of the Senate.
recently urged President Bush and Transportation Secretary Norman
Mineta to provide Amtrak with a $200 million loan guarantee. New
Jersey Transit and the Long Island Rail Road trains would have
been unable to operate because they run on Amtrak-owned tracks.
The day before the scheduled Amtrak shutdown, Secretary Mineta
announced a $100 million loan guarantee and a request for an additional
$100 million from Congress.