Thursday, July 13, 2006

Abramoff Scandal Entangles Ralph Reed and More

The Abramoff web of corruption just keeps spreading among the Republican Party:

"A Texas Indian tribe alleges ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed used fraud and racketeering to shut down its casino.

The Associated Press has learned the Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Livingston filed suit against the men and their associates.Attorney Fred Petti says the tribe is asking for the amount of revenue it lost since being forced to close its casino in 2002.

That could be up to hundreds of millions of dollars.The lawsuit also names former Tom DeLay aide Michael Scanlon; Neil Volz -- a former aide to Congressman Bob Ney of Ohio; and Jon Van Horne -- Abramoff's former colleague.Abramoff, Scanlon and Volz have pleaded guilty in a public corruption probe involving Abramoff's former tribal clients and possibly members of Congress.

Reed is now seeking the Republican nomination for Georgia lieutenant governor. Through his spokeswoman, Reed said the lawsuit is frivolous and "utterly without merit."

All of this negative attention to the Republican Party can go away soon. All they have to do is fix the culture of corruption they have spawned. What is so hard about that? God forbid they do the job they were elected to do!

I guess John Boehner believes like Bob Corker, Van Hilleary, and Ed Bryant does about Iraq--it just isn't that important of an issue, so we are not going to touch it.

Bad mistake on his part. November will be a day of reckoning for the Republicans.