Monday, October 10, 2005

Ralph Reed's Work for Abramoff's 7th District Clients Creates Trouble in Georgia

Remember Ralph Reed? Sure you do!

He was the young guy that Pat Robertson hired to run the Christian Coalition. The two have since officially parted ways. Reed went into the political consulting and lobbying business (along with a stint as Chairman of Georgia's Republican Party).

He's currently running for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, obviously viewing it as a stepping stone to bigger and better things down the road.

But, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution (owned by Cox Enterprises!) reports that some of the work Mr. Reed performed on behalf of Indian-scammin' lobbyist Jack Abramoff's gambling clients (including Louisiana-based, casino-owning Indian tribes) is troubling some of the GOP faithful in Georgia. Here's the what the paper is reporting today:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently disclosed Reed's work with Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff in helping to defeat a 2000 congressional effort to restrict Internet gambling.

Reed, who has denounced gambling, already has been tied to Abramoff in several enterprises involving Indian tribes with casinos, now under investigation by two U.S. Senate committees.
Then there's this bit:
In June, documents generated by the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee showed that anti-gambling campaigns Reed helped conduct in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas were financed by Indian tribes with casinos out to protect their businesses. All were clients of Abramoff.
Senator John McCain is directing the Senate investigation of Abramoff's dealings with the Indian tribes.

The relevance here is that one of those clients of Abramoff's was the Coushatta Indian Tribe that operates the casino and resort in Kinder, which happens to be in the 7th Congressional District.

Can anyone recall a single instance where 7th District Congressman Charles Boustany has uttered a word about this scandal which is at least partially based in his district. Could his silence have something to do with the money his 2004 campaign received from PACs that got money from Abramoff?

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