Wednesday, May 31, 2006

 

Ralph Reed's Campaign in Hot Water


Another Stumble for Ralph Reed's Beleaguered Campaign

By Thomas B. Edsall
Washington Post
Monday, May 29, 2006; Page A05

In August 1999, political organizer Ralph Reed's firm sent out a mailer to Alabama conservative Christians asking them to call then-Rep. Bob Riley (R-Ala.) and tell him to vote against legislation that would have made the U.S. commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands subject to federal wage andand worker safety laws.

Now those seven-year-old words are coming back to haunt Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition and a candidate for the Republican nomination to be Georgia's lieutenant governor.

"The radical left, the Big Labor Union Bosses, and Bill Clinton want to pass a law preventing Chinese from coming to work on the Marianas Islands," the mailer from Reed's firm said. The Chinese workers, it added, "are exposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ" while on the islands, and many "are converted to the Christian faith and return to China with Bibles in hand."

A year earlier, the Department of the Interior -- which oversees federal policy toward the U.S. territory -- presented a very different picture of life for Chinese workers on the islands. An Interior report found that Chinese women were subject to forced abortions and that women and children were subject to forced prostitution in the local sex-tourism industry.


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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/28/AR2006052800964.html

Friday, May 26, 2006

 

2 more Ney aides subpoenaed in Abramoff bribery case



Friday, May 26, 2006
Sabrina Eaton

Plain Dealer Bureau
Washington- Two more Capitol Hill aides who worked for U.S. Rep. Bob Ney have been caught up in the federal bribery investigation wrought by former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Paul Vinovich, who served as Ney's top aide with the House Administration Committee, and Will Heaton, Ney's current chief of staff, have received subpoenas to appear as witnesses and provide testimony, congressional records show.
But at least one, Vinovich, is exercising his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and won't testify at a trial that started this week involving favors allegedly given by Abramoff to a former government official.


Vinovich and Heaton accompanied Abramoff and Ney on an August 2002 golf trip aboard a private jet to Scotland, along with former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed and former Ney aide Neil Volz. David Safavian, then a General Services Administration official, also was on the trip.

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http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1148632821130040.xml&coll=2

Thursday, May 25, 2006

 

Ralph Reed linked to gambling again


Unconfirmed rumors are that lobbyist Ralph Reed has been posing as a high stakes horse racing jockey using the Alias Edgar Prado. Both Prado and Reed are the same height and weight.



Barbado is held by jockey Edgar Prado (really Ralph Reed) after injuring his leg at the start of the 131st running of the Preakness Stakes yesterday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.



Ralph Reed is running for Georgia Lt Governor against long time senator Casey Cagle.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

 

Casey Cagle Commercial

Here is Casey's new commercial.

http://www.caseycagle.com/commercial_2.cfm

The commercial is now on Cable on the Fox Network in Georgia.

50% of the electorate is still undecided. So Casey needs help to get his message out and counter Ralph Reed. Please CLICK HERE and contribute online. Contribute what ever you can and make a real differnce in Georgia politics.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

 

Ralph Reed Parody


http://www.ralphsgreatesthits.com/


Stoneridge group doing some good work for Casey Cagle. The wheels are falling off the Ralph Reed Campaign.

 

Ralph Reed a Burden on Sonny Perdue


Hutchinson And Purdue Share A Burden

By Steve Barnes

ATLANTA -- Here's what mainstream Republicans in Arkansas and Georgia have in common: a gnawing fear that their voters will select nominees for lieutenant governor in their respective states who not only will fall short in November but sandbag the party's candidates for governor. In Arkansas the source of the angst is state Sen. Jim Holt of Springdale. In Georgia it's Ralph Reed. Both men are darlings of the Christian right -- or, in the case of Reed, were.Holt was an unknown two years ago but his opposition to gay marriage, his sole issue, gave him an unexpectedly strong showing in a failed race against U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln. Holt's pinched, far-right conservatism has kept him at odds with Gov. Huckabee, his colleagues view him with amusement at best and not a seasoned Republican operative in Arkansas believes he can win the general election.Not that long ago Reed looked golden. A Pat Robertson acolyte, Reed was the first executive director of the Christian Coalition, and he parlayed his Rolodex into a political and public relations consultancy that has made him a millionaire. Reed's net worth -- about $4 million -- is roughly the amount routed to his firm over the past several years by Jack Abramoff, the now infamous Washington lobbyist, who sought his friend Reed's help in rallying fundamentalist opposition to gambling proposals in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Okay -- except Abramoff's clients were other gambling interests seeking to protect their turf. Reed, who has called gambling "a cancer on America," says he didn't know. His critics ask how he could not have known. Abramoff and Reed have been close associates for a quarter-century. Abramoff's wife is a former Reed employee. More to the point, numerous e-mails involving the gambling business have been disclosed, including a choice one in which Abramoff, referring to an Indian tribe with casino operations, tells Reed: "I wish those moronic Tiguas were smarter in their political contributions. I'd love to get our mitts on that moolah."Enough said, except more is being said -- as in, "Guilty, Your Honor." It's been said by Abramoff and by three former congressional aides, two of them once employees of Rep. Tom DeLay, another Reed ally. A lot of golf is involved. In Scotland. Reached by private jet. Abramoff paid. Reed played.
"You can't spell 'Greed' without' Reed,'" proclaim posters critical of him, although they are not (it is insisted) the work of Reed's opponent, state Sen. Casey Cagle, who represents an Atlanta suburb. A fiscal and cultural conservative, Cagle is essentially Reed without the scandal baggage. Despite some high-profile defections among religious conservatives, "Ralph still has the Christian Coalition on his side," says Jim Galloway, a political ace for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "but the Republican establishment has given up on him and they're lining up behind Cagle."No wonder. Reed's dilemma may delight Georgia Democrats and discomfit his fellow Republicans, but both parties are more concerned for how it could affect a rather more important race. The talk of the Peach State's political class the other day was a poll which showed that Gov. Sonny Purdue, at best an even bet for re-election, losing a dozen percentage points if he shares space with Reed on November's ballot. The prospect sent a chill down GOP spines: by only a single point did Purdue upset incumbent Roy Barnes four years ago to become Georgia's first Republican governor since Reconstruction, and he is now fewer than five points ahead of his likely Democratic opponent.Rather than go away, as Purdue & Co. had hoped, Reed will host a party next week, and the guest of honor is none other than Rudi Giuliani, "America's Mayor," the hero of 9/11. What strange seating arrangements, not to mention compromises, can politics demand: a southern Red State, anti-abortion, anti-gay, anti-Brady Law avatar of "traditional values" seeking assistance from a twice-divorced Blue State advocate of abortion rights, gay rights and gun control.Reed's Arkansas soulmates, the pragmatic among them, understand. Four years ago at Fort Smith Giuliani tried unsuccessfully to rescue Republican Sen. Tim Hutchinson, whose conservatism mirrored Reed's but whose personal life, like Reed's, suggested hypocrisy. Purdue's Arkansas soulmates, the pragmatic among them, understand that electing Hutchinson's brother, Asa, is a sort of rescue mission, as defined by the most reliable public and private polls, which show him trailing the Democratic gubernatorial nominee although not by much.
In Georgia, Purdue must maintain a lead; in Arkansas, Hutchinson mustovercome one. The men on the ballot line beneath them are not making their work easier.

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