The Abramoff scandal will be filling the news pages in the coming days as Abramoff faces his first trial January 9th in Florida. But because of his unique position in the Republican corruption scandal, to keep your eyes on the ball, one needs a little cheat sheet of who's who in the Abramoff web. The Washington Post has a nice little page that pulls together a bunch of pieces for our edification. Here's links to some key players.
Kostantinos "Gus" Boulis
Rev. Louis P. Sheldon
David H. Safavian
J. Stevens Griles
Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio)
Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas)
Senator Conrad Burns (R-Montana)
Senator John McCain (R-Arizona)
Senator Bryon Dorgan (D-North Dakota)
Tony C. Rudy
Some great quotes that have come out of the scandal that keeps on giving:
"Everyone is lying. Those S.O.B.s. DeLay knew everything. He knew all the details."
"I wish I had never met Jack."
"[Slow down or you will be] dead, disgraced or in jail."
"You can't be trusted."
"This Abramoff guy is a bad guy. I hope he goes to jail and we never see him again. I wish he'd never been born, to be right honest with you."
One thing that I've been hearing lately is that this scandal isn't really very different from the check bouncing scandal of the 1990s and these kinds of things happen all the time. Of course, these talking points haven't gotten to everyone yet, so there are still some Republicans who are speaking out of turn.
Posted by Mary at December 29, 2005 08:12 AM | Corruption & Graft | Technorati links |
Former Republican congressman Mickey Edwards (Okla.), usually a defender of lobbying and Congress, said there have always been members who get caught "stuffing money in their pants." But he said this is different -- a "disgusting" and disturbingly broad scandal driven by lobbyists whose attitude seemed to be "government to the highest bidder."
"This is at a scale that is really shocking," said Edwards, who teaches public and international affairs at Princeton. "There is a certain kind of arrogance that in the past you might not have had. They were so supremely confident that there didn't seem to be any kind of moral compass here."