More Bad News for DC GOP
Earlier in the week I talked about a report saying Abramoff's cooperation with the Justice Department investigation could implicate 20 congressmen or congressional aides. Well that might just be the tip of the iceberg. Other reports quote Justice Department sources saying as many as 60 congressmen could be ensnared in the bribery scandal.
Since Abramoff was a Republican lobbyist and all the members mentioned thus far as targets have been Republicans, it would be fair to assume a significant majority of 60 hypothetical targets would be Republicans as well. If we say that 50 Republicans will be implicated in some form or another, that would mean that more than 1 out of every 5 House Republicans could be targeted. Coincidentally enough, Alabama is represented by 5 Republican in the US House. If the Abramoff scandal does indeed snowball, it'll be interesting to see which (if any) Alabama Republicans are drawn into the morass.
And remember Duke Cunningham (R-CA), the disgraced ex-congressman who recently stepped down after pleading guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors? Time is reporting that before he copped his plea in the case, Cunningham wore a wire to gather evidence against other potentially corrupt congressmen.
And while it's not impossible (or even unlikely) that a few wayward Democrats could find their way into the middle of either of these scandals, Republicans seem to be the targets of both of these investigations. It didn't seem possible, but the Republican week from hell, just got a little worse.