Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Dialing for Dollars - Jack Abramoff Fingers Harry Reid

Jack Abramoff went to prison today, but not before fingering the new Senate Majority Leader, Sen, Harry Reid. Abramoff, the bad news moneyman who's shady dealings put the brakes on several Republican election campaigns, claims Reid took in excess of $30,000 in campaign contributions from Indian gaming clients of Abramoff. A source for ABC News says the contributions "were no accident and were in fact requested by Reid."

Reid, through his spokesfolk, essentially defends himself with, 'Listen to me carefully, because I'm only gonna say this once. I did not have a fiduciary relationship with that man - Jack Abramoff!' (Actually, I just made that up. Now that I'm part of the 'loyal opposition', I am neither bound by facts, nor propriety. I can make stuff up and you Dems can only defend against the outrages. Y'all should have thought of that before you went and won the mid-term elections.)

As convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff reported to federal prison today, a source close to the investigation surrounding his activities told ABC News that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was one of the members of Congress Abramoff had allegedly implicated in his cooperation with federal prosecutors.

A spokesperson for Reid, elected yesterday as the Senate Majority Leader, said the senator had done nothing illegal or unethical.

"We have no idea what Abramoff is telling prosecutors to save his skin, but I do know that these kind of old allegations are completely ridiculous and untrue," Sen. Reid's spokesman Jim Manley told ABC News.

A source close to the investigation says Abramoff told prosecutors that more than $30,000 in campaign contributions to Reid from Abramoff's clients "were no accident and were in fact requested by Reid."

The AP [Associated Press]also reported that Abramoff's billing records showed extensive contact with Reid's office over a three-year period in which Reid collected more than $68,000 from Abramoff's firm, partners and clients.

Read more of the ABC News, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz report here.

Now, what have we learned here, buckaroos? The Washington crowd and the press will puzzle over this for quite some time and I think we can shorten the puzzle time - POLITICIANS ARE CRIMINALS! GET USED TO IT!

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Anonymous said...

"I did not have a fiduciary relationship with that man."

Sounds hauntingly familiar...

"I did not have sex with that woman."

Tom C said...

Athling. it actually sounds dirtier when you say it!!! May god and term limits help us.

mudcat's mrs. said...

The difference with Harry Reid, is that these "Indians" were actually his constituants. Big dif. Reid had a right to do what he did, both ethicly and legally. Don't believe the corrupt spin from corrupt gop leaders.

And in Abromovs world, thirty grand is penny anty to use gambeling parlance.

Anyway, if any dem is dirty, then the hell with 'em! I said I'd hold their feet to the fire. And I'm not saying they're aren't dirty dems, I'm just saying that, like with everything else, you guys are waisting your time barking up the wrong tree.

And if you were honest, you'd highlight that Abromov is fingering Mr. Rove himself. Why do you convienently leave that out?

Indigo Red said...

Welcome mudcat's mrs.

Corruption is corruption no matter who's Indians they were. (Indians prefer Indian to Native American, btw.)

30Gs or 68Gs really is petty cash. What is remarkable to me is that politians can be bought of so cheaply.

I didn't leave out Rove. The link to the article is at the end of the post. Rove is old news. Reid, however, is new News and is the subject of the post, not Rove.

The good news is that Rove and Reid have only two years left to con the public. And then it's some elses turn. Like Will Rogers (or Harry Truman...I forget) said, "If you can't get rich in politics, you're not doing it right."

If you happen to know, what tree is good for barking up? Such knowledge may save the Union.

mudcat's mrs. said...

No, you don't understand, Red: what is wrong with Harry Reid accepting a donation from his contsituancy? You have to explain that first before you extrapalate or conflate...

And why wouldn't you think that Abramov is capeable of being dishonest about this anyway? All of a sudden he's seen the light?

You watch, this is going to be one of those classic republican "red" herrings that amounts to nothing, except that years from now, some rightwinger will dig up the allegaition, in an election season, as if an allegation were evidence. The old "some say" swift boat ruse.

Indigo Red said...

First of all, Reid took the money not just from HIS constituency, but from several tribes not in his district. Not that Reid knew that was the case. Abramoff and Assoc. was a criminal enterprise from the get go. Abramoff was conning the Indians and conning the politicians. The question then becomes what did Harry Reid knkow and when did he know it?

The Swift Boat stuff against Kerry was real, not conjecture. I work with a Vietnamese ARVN veteran - a Major who served with Kerry. He told me stories of Kerry in the war long before Unfit for Command was written. They were the same stories including Kerry's killing of a Vietnamese child and the coverup. One of the things that Kerry consistantly did that won him the enduring enmity of the ARVN troops was when there was gunfire, Kerry would get lost going the opposite direction only to get back on course when the shooting stopped. My friend witnessed this behavior several times in the two and half months he served with Kerry.

His service ended when he was captured and sent north to the Hanoi Hilton Prison where he then served with John McCain. The former Major says McCain is a good man, but isn't telling the truth about his war record either.

As for allegations in an election season - nowadays, when isn't it an election season? There were declared candidates for 2008 before this last election was even held. I no longer pay any attention to timing, it's always bad timing depending on which side you're on.

If Harry Reid had anything to do with Abramoff, he should come clean and have convincing proof or he's toast. No such thing as down home politics anymore. Politics is a blood sport and there's no way to stop it.

And no, I don't have to explain before extrapolting or conflating. I'm in the minority now and can make any wildass claim I want. It's your turn to chase Indigo Red herrings. (Oooo, that was clever - Indigo Red herrings!)

mrs. mudcat said...

Yes, clever indeed, you stole it from me! Tee hee.

dcat said...

We can expose them at blogs. Isn’t that satisfying! At least we know them for what they are.

Mike's America said...

Really too funny how your apologist for Democrat corruption can spin so fast... She must be dizzy.

All of a sudden Dem's doing political favors in return for dollars is constituent work? I worked in a few congressional offices and I can't recall telling anyone: "yeah, I'll send the letter out as soon as your check clears."

mudkitty said...

Mike, just try to keep up.