"The nation's political scandal du jour is a strange Republican brew with a strong Washington state flavor. Its leading characters include Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, and Jack Abramoff, a former lobbyist for one of Seattle's most prestigious law firms, Preston Gates & Ellis. DeLay and Abramoff deny wrongdoing, and Abramoff has pleaded the Fifth. A third figure, Mike Scanlon, another ex-employee of Preston Gates, is ducking subpoenas (and is not to be confused with Michael F. Scanlon, no relation, who coincidentally works in the firm's D.C. office). The scandal has at least two fronts-D.C. and Texas, deep in George Bush territory-and revolves around more than $60 million in political giving and taking, mostly corporate and Indian casino money. Another front might open in the House Ethics Committee, where possible charges could be presided over by a Washingtonian - Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, the incoming chair who has received campaign money from a DeLay political action committee."
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"The scandal is great sport for the Democrats, especially the religion/gambling contradiction. Former Christian Coalition leader and now–GOP strategist Ralph Reed, for example, admitted he accepted $1.23 million in Indian-casino consulting fees from Scanlon's firm. Reed claims he never directly worked on behalf of a casino—therefore the fees were "consistent . . . with my beliefs" opposing gambling. Also embarrassing is the Senate revelation of e-mails from Abramoff to Reed. Said one, discussing a casino battle involving the Tigua tribe of Texas: "I wish those moronic Tiguas were smarter in their political contributions. I'd love us to get our mitts on that moolah." Another, from Abramoff to buddy Scanlon regarding their backroom wheeling-dealing, exclaimed: "That fucking idiot put my name on an e-mail list! What a fucking moron. He may have blown our cover!" (You can see these and other e-mails at www.indian.senate.gov.)"
This is great news for us Democrats and shows that the Red's infallible Senate Majority leader is getting what he deserves.