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Monday, January 09, 2006

More Bad News for DC GOP

I've already posted on the scandal swirling around Jack Abramoff and Congressional Republicans, but since my last posting a couple of new elements have developed.

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im not surprised by the DC estimates. I have heard as many as 100 donors, legislators and lobbyists will be indicted in this siegelman corruption. The next grand jury is only weeks away,and tons of evidence has not been reviewed. That is what strikes me as odd about siegelman demanding a speedy trial, he is gonna be indicted again, many times in the coming months. I only hope about 1/2 the lobbyists and corrupt donors go to jail with siegelman.

9:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm, what favor Koolaid are you drinking today?

If I were a gambling man, and I am, I would wager that Siegleman will not be convicted by an Alabama jury of his peers. Up to 50% of any jury selected supported him in the 2002 election.

1:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blah, Blah... Siegelman, this... Siegelman that...

I think the charges against Siegelman are mostly trumped up. And supposing for a second that they're not, I SERIOUSLY doubt 100 donors, lobbyists, and legislators will be caught up in all of it.

Sounds like someone from the Alabama GOP has been posting here.

2:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Political Stranger said...


I'm not sure your math is right on the matter. The article I read said 60 lawmakers could be implicated. That means House and Senate. Still, you make a good point. There's a great chance that Alabama lawmakers may be in trouble before all is said and done. The big question here is will any House members be accused before the qualifying deadline in April, which could open the floodgates for any potential opponents.

6:08:00 PM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

You're right, political stranger.

It is possible that Senators and not just House members could be implicated. Thus far only one senator (Conrad Burns of MT) has been mentioned while the speculation has been pretty intense on the House side.

But it is certainly not out of the question that a senator other than Burns could be involved.

Ultimately the actual members who are brought low by the Abramoff business will probably be only a fraction of the speculated numbers, but until the details are made public we won't know for sure.

7:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DC has abramoff, Tennessee has its own stings ongoing, Alabama has its siegelman web of corruption and ongoing investigations and indictments. Tom Delay has run a house of ill repute for years, the alabama legislature is merely a honeypot for well heeled entities and money laundering lobbyists... the list could go on and on so why are we surprised by any of this corruption? we get what we deserve.

10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous cloyd deason said...

alabama is nothing but one big cesspool of corruption.

9:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sonny Callahan is on a list.

2:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That didn't work out well.

Sonny Callahan on a list:

2:52:00 AM  
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