The Wall Street Journal has up this article for free access this morning on how the Abramoff Effect is dragging down several politicians. The article is particularly focused on Reed v. Cagle and is pretty well evenly balanced. PP commenter and friend Maurice Atkinson is quoted as well.
Mr. Reed hasn’t been charged with wrongdoing and his campaign manager says he is cooperating with Washington investigators. But he is having trouble squaring his opposition to gambling with his work for Mr. Abramoff’s Indian casino clients. On the campaign trail his answer to queries about the matter has been: “If I had known then what I know now, I would not have done that work.”
Sadie Fields, head of the Christian Coalition chapter in Georgia, considers Mr. Reed a friend and champion of the religious conservative cause in politics. “He’s apologized,” she says, and the chapter is closed for her.
But other Republicans once close to Mr. Reed aren’t satisfied with his explanation of his role in Mr. Abramoff’s work. Maurice Atkinson, a Christian Coalition activist, quit the Reed campaign after the scandal became public and signed up with Mr. Cagle. “Nobody likes to be a hypocrite and nobody likes to follow a hypocrite,” he says.
Surely the could have found a better picture of Casey.