I know that most Georgians’ interest in the Abramoff scandal is primarily related to Ralph Reed and his association therein, but there is another element to this story that has not been addressed much, but will continue to grow – How is this scandal going to affect GOP Members and candidates in future elections?
In the early 90’s the banking scandal led to the resignations, early retirements, etc of dozens of lawmakers. Now, the media is forecasting this scandal to be the biggest since Abscam, bigger than the banking scandal, bigger than Newt’s ethics violations, and bigger than Tom DeLay’s indictments. Moreover, DC insiders in both Parties are also saying this is going to be VERY big.
So, my question is: What kind of a role will this scandal have in the elections and how will it affect the make-up of Congress?
Rich Galen of Mullings.com had a good piece today about this story, describing some of the potential implications that the Abramoff scandal, and others like it that inevitably will come up, will have drastic affects on the upcoming elections.
Do we (the GOP) have candidates that can step up and compete in competitive districts in case certain Members all the sudden decide to retire? Furthermore, what is this going to do to the political landscape in some districts? Many of those safe districts where Members leave due to associations with lobbyists might turn into less-safe areas for Republicans, especially as Dems try to tag us with that “Culture of Corruption” line.