First Reed entered the race in Georgia. Then he started fighting off Abramoff allegations here. The front moved to Washington and, to a degree, Alabama. Now, he has to fight in Texas too.
Three Texas watchdog groups asked a Texas county official Thursday to investigate former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed, who worked with lobbyist Jack Abramoff to press state officials to shut down two Texas tribal casinos.
Reed is seeking the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Georgia next year.
Texans for Public Justice, Common Cause of Texas and Public Citizen filed their complaint with Travis County Attorney David Escamilla.
They said Reed failed to register as a Texas lobbyist in 2001 and 2002, when he received a reported $4.2 million from Abramoff and his partner Michael Scanlon to push for the closure of casinos operated by the Tigua tribe of El Paso and the Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Livingston in East Texas.
I actually am a big Ralph Reed fan. I’m not sure where I’ll fall in this race and really am of the opinion that not all the candidates have entered yet. But, I have a serious question and I address to those of you who are on the record supporting Ralph in this race (Cagle people need not chime in, we already know what you think). My question is this: At what point can we accurately use the phrase “embattled Ralph Reed”? I think we may definitively be there.
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