Here's an excerpt from an item in the WSJ, Running for cover: Lobbyist Jack Abramoff may be about to cut a deal, and that's bad news for a lot of folks in the capital:
Entanglements. The scandal has already ensnared Rep. Bob Ney, an Ohio Republican. In his plea, Scanlon said Ney was the recipient of $14,000 in campaign contributions and lavish perks, including trips to the Super Bowl and meals at Abramoff's Washington restaurant, in return for favors. Ney placed a statement in the Congressional Record praising Kidan and Abramoff's purchase of the casino boat firm; the congressman has denied any wrongdoing, saying he was duped by the lobbyists. Rep. John Doolittle, a California Republican who received campaign contributions from Abramoff, is also under scrutiny. His wife's event-planning company was hired by Abramoff and has been subpoenaed by investigators. Doolittle has also denied wrongdoing.
And there's this ironic post over at Words Have Power: Doolittle - Oddsmakers Step In. In a nutshell, the bookies at Politics1 give Doolittle a 1 in 3 chance of 'retiring' in response to his purported associations with Abramoff.
Meanwhile, a newspaper in Doolittle's district prints an article highlighting the eight term Congressman's "ideological synergy" with California's 4th district:
Doolittle's strong showings in past elections, and the ideological synergy between him and his district, suggest that he will be a very tough foe even if all the potential factors against him come into play.Josh Marshall weighs in: don't think it's only Repubs Abramoff may offer up in a plea bargain.
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