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.