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Friday, January 13, 2006

Is Ralston Abramoff's Lobbying Connection in West Wing?

Via Roger Ailes, I find this story that I missed from Rolling Stone. It is worth pointing out because the Moonie Times (via Crooks and Liars) has been doing its darndest to find a Democrat -- any Democrat -- to tie to the Abramoff mess. (Hint to the WaTimes: NRO says stop it. It makes you look bad.)

According to Rolling Stone:
He chose Susan Ralston, who came highly recommended from a friend: Jack Abramoff. Ralston performed similar duties for the Don of K Street -- that is until Abramoff realized she'd be far more useful embedded in the West Wing. (Ralston had also previous worked for Abramoff and Rove's fellow College Republican crony Ralph Reed.)...

According to the Washington Post, Abramoff later bragged that he'd been able to lobby Rove directly on the issue. The article targets Ralston as the only likely conduit.
The WaPo article which Rolling Stone referencs can be found here. While it is older news that Ralston came to Rove's office via Abramoff, it is worth pointing out over and over while the Preznit has his staff rounding up all the pix of him and Abramoff that can be found: the WH is not insulated from the Abramoff mess. And it should not be given a pass by the media.

This is not a Congressional scandal -- it is a Republican scandal. And Republicans in the White House that were riding the Jackpot Jack fundraising gravy train should be on the hook for their actions as much as anyone on the Hill. That includes Karl Rove and all his connections to the KStreet Project.

Funny how the same names of the same College Republican buddies keep coming up, over and over again, regarding ethical lapses and problems in the Republican party, isn't it? Actually, it's not so funny.

UPDATE: Oh, and speaking of Jackie Boy Abramoff, have I said lately how much I heart Billmon? No? Well, go. Read. Enjoy.