Ralph Reed Blasted by Another Religious Conservative Leader

In today’s WSJ Opinion Journal Political Diary, John Fund highlights the fact that Martin Olasky, who is a well-known religious conservative leader, is blasting Ralph Reed. 

Ralph Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition who is now running for lieutenant governor of Georgia, is being dogged by a fellow evangelical over his past ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Marvin Olasky, editor of the 140,000 circulation evangelical magazine World, says that Mr. Reed did not act properly in passing along $4.2 million from Mr. Abramoff to Christian leaders fighting new Indian casinos without telling them the money came from rival casino operators who were trying to block competition. Mr. Reed “has shamed the evangelical community by providing evidence for the generally untrue stereotype that evangelicals are easily manipulated and that evangelical leaders are using moral issues to line their own pockets,” Mr. Olasky said in a posting on his magazine’s Web site. Mr. Reed responds that he didn’t know at the time the money came from rival casinos (Source:  John Fund, WSJ Opinion Journal Political Diary).

Of course, we will have the same old “anti-Ralph” discussion; however, I think this is more signficant than what we have discussed about this race in the past. 

Firstly, this is another example of national negative media attention that Ralph is getting.  Secondly, the article shows another religious conservative leader who is blasting Ralph for his past work and associations with guys like Abramoff.  Finally, it shows that the latest Insider Advantage poll is significant, which shows Ralph has a lead of 24%-17% over Cagle, with 59% undecided. 

That’s right, folks … 59% undecided in this race.  I’ll let you decide what that means.


  1. GAWire says:

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention … the article was appropriately titled: “He Wishes He Didn’t Know Jack”

  2. GAWire says:

    Maybe I missed sarcasm somewhere, but I just want to clarify that this is from John Fund of the Wall Street Journal. Hardly liberal or biased.

  3. GAWire says:

    Hey, I’m just clarifying … you know, there are a lot of people that would not have gotten that! 🙂

  4. jacewalden says:

    I don’t know much about Ralph Reed. Maybe someone on here would care to explain what Ralph Reed has done that is actually merit-worthy. Casey Cagle has a strong history of Leadership in the Senate…Ralph (from what I know) is one of the main players in the Jack Abramoff Scandal, a friend of “nuttier than squirrel turds” Pat Robertson, a liar, a thief, and a hypocrite. Someone, PLEASE tell me what Ralph’s redeeming quality is…

  5. GAWire says:

    >>”””Ralph (from what I know) is one of the main players in the Jack Abramoff Scandal, a friend of “nuttier than squirrel turds

  6. law303peachtreeroad says:

    My guess is that 59% undecided means about a 30 point victory for RR. You can cast the “nuttier than squirrel turd” comments in March, but good luck in August when he’s the nominee, or 2011 when he’s the Governor…

  7. Rusty Paw says:

    Pretty sure Mr. Law isn’t a mathematician. Mr. Paw isn’t much of a spellar though so no harm no foul.

    I think Ralph Reed might need to make sure he’s not in jail in 2011 before he can worry about being The Goobernator in 2011. Statutes of Limitations only save your hide for so long…

    Vote for Georgia, Vote Greer!

  8. Bull Moose says:

    Ralph Reed is a double talking hypocrite and that is a compliment!

    Do the math — Abramoff has 90 days to report to jail for his conviction related to the casino’s in Florida. That does not include anything relating to the Native American tribes and what not. This is a scandal that is only going to grow.

    Add that on top of the upcoming Shrenko trial and man, Republicans in Georgia sure do look different…

    Skip this baggage and join the Cagle campaign — It’s so nice when you don’t have to deal with defending felons…

  9. GAWire says:

    law, your analysis never ceases to amaze me. The fact that you can argue that 59% Undecided is good for RR is more funny than anything. We already established that you’re a moron a long time ago – no need to keep proving it to us!

  10. debbie0040 says:

    59 % undecided is good for Reed. With all the negative publicity about Reed those voters still have not gone over to the Cagle camp. They want a strong leader, not someone that is weak and bends under pressure. It is easy to stand your gorund when your side is in power. It is not so easy when your side is not in power. For example, like under the Barnes regime. Voters want someone they know will stand their ground no matter who is in power. Most voters don’t know who their State Senators are. They do know who Sean Hannity, Zell Miller, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Guiliani are. Imagine commercials for Reed with those guys and others asking voters to vote for Reed. I am quite sure the State Senators in the Cagle camp will have their hands quite full with primary opposition and will be too busy to campaign much for Cagle. Reed will win the GOP Primary hands down. Get used to it.

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