In a statement today, the Casey Cagle for Lt. Governor campaign challenged lobbyist and primary election opponent Ralph Reed to explain why he spent the most critical day of the 2000 election trying to squeeze money from convicted felon Jack Abramoff rather than working for his client, then Governor George W. Bush.
The 2000 election was one of the closest presidential races in U.S. history, and Reed has repeatedly claimed credit for playing a huge personal role in Bush’s victory. Yet, e-mails recently turned over to Senate investigators show Reed was not focusing his energy on Florida or any other state on that critical day. Instead, he spent his time leaking poll numbers to Jack Abramoff and trying to wring more money out of his casino industry clients.
Following is the text of one e-mail exchange between Ralph Reed and Jack Abramoff, dated 11/7/2000:
Reed: “I arrive in Austin this afternoon. call me between 4 and 7 p.m. central on my cell. i should have exit polling in that period for you. just a reminder, we’re owed about 60k-75k for the (blacked out by committee staff) project and are still owed $40-60k on another project going back to the summer through September, would like to get that cleared out now that the election is over. thanks. We’ll discuss if need be.