In Georgia Race, Abramoff Claims Latest VictimYay, Georgia.
By Justin Rood - July 18, 2006, 11:30 PM
Ralph Reed barely finished his concession speech when press accounts began fingering Jack Abramoff for Reed's failure. Reed -- Jack's longtime political companion, who was running for Georgia Lieutenant Governor -- appears to be the first electoral casualty of the Abramoff scandal.
CQPolitics: "[I]t appears that the sweeping scandal involving convicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff has claimed its first casualty at the polls this year. . . "
Wall Street Journal: "The Abramoff scandal appeared to claim its first electoral victim with the defeat of former lobbying ally and Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed in Georgia's Republican primary to pick a candidate for lieutenant governor."
AP: "Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed struggled to overcome his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff in his bid Tuesday for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Georgia[.]"
I'd rather the storyline was that he got booted because the world is turning against the christianists, but at least this way we might be able to do some damage with some of abramoff's other cronies.