Lock your doors!
I have no idea how I missed this one, but it turns out that last Friday, former Congressman Bob Ney was released from federal prison. The Ohio Republican served 17 and a half months on felony corruption charges stemming from his illegal dealings with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Ney remains a threat to society, and I am outraged that he is out on the streets, able to strike again. At the very least, I think that he should have certain restrictions placed upon him…
* Ney should have to register as corruption offender and knock on all his neighbors doors, informing them of his status.
* Ney should be required to visit a parole officer every week and pee in a cup to test for evidence of illegal campaign contributions in his urine.
* Ney must not be allowed within 500 yards of any place where laws are made, including high schools with active student governments.
Until then, I'll be sitting on my front porch with a loaded shotgun.
Tags: House of Representatives, Jack Abramoff
You would cry too if it happened to you!
Imagine the humiliation of poor Ralph Reed, former leader of the Christian Coalition, on Monday night. He worked his butt off putting together a big fundraiser for John McCain.
Ralph Reed, once one of the leading strategists in the Republican Party, found himself Monday night persona non grata at a fundraiser hosted by his party's presumptive presidential nominee.
Reed had sent an e-mail last week encouraging allies to join him at fundraiser for John McCain here, but by the time the senator from Arizona arrived in Atlanta, it was clear Reed was not attending the event. The Democratic National Committee had spent several days blasting McCain for allowing Reed to be involved in the fundraiser because of Reed's connections to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
McCain aides said Reed had never been involved in putting together the fundraiser, but they would not say if they told Reed not to attend the event.
It must hurt being snubbed like that.
McCain was last seen walking out of the Atlanta venue surrounded by his new friends and flaunting his $1.75 million take. And Reed, well, he got to read all about it in the newspaper.
Tags: Jack Abramoff, John McCain, Ralph Reed
Join former United States Senate Pages Dylan and Ethan Ris as they bring you the dish on not just the presidential race but all the exciting triumphs and disgraces inside, outside, and below the Beltway!
You see, Young is being investigated for his role in diverting $10 million from a refurbishment of Interstate 75 outside of Fort Myers, Florida. Acting well within his jurisdiction as Congressman from Alaska, Young tried to extort Florida officials, purportedly by demanding that they rename Interstate 75 "Don Young's Way" and also rename their state "Don Young."
Rebuffed on both accounts, Young then turned to the only page in his playbook: Divert the funds to a campaign contributor's pork project! And so prominent Young fundraiser Daniel Aronoff (just 3 letters and a six-year sentence away from "Abramoff") got that $10 million to beef up roads surrounding his Lee County, FL construction project.
Back home in Alaska (secretly renamed "Youngsylvania" in a midnight legislative session led by Young and Aronoff), voters may be ready to cut ties with their power-swilling congressman of 35 years. The Pages are hoping they'll do what so many other Americans have done when sending an old, embarrassing politician out to pasture: Elect his wife or child instead!
Tags: Alaska, Congressional Confidential, Don Young, Florida, Jack Abramoff