Look who's talking

If I'm Mike Scanlon, with the number of powerful people he may put on the hot seat, I only travel by train from here on out.

The latest in the Abramoff scandal is dicey, but it's nothing compared to what schemes may come. And that's saying a lot considering the Soprano-like clouds already gathering over the lobbyist's dealings. The company owned by Republican lobbyist Abramoff paid the men who eventually killed that company's founder, Gus Boulis.

That same company, SunCruz (a casino boat line) was, according to Josh Marshall, also mixed up with the Republican party:

"Now it turns out they also had the company pay the National Republican Congressional Committee (the House GOP election committee) $10,000 on behalf of Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH). That was in exchange for Ney's putting anti-Boulis remarks in the congressional record that helped Abramoff and Kidan pressure Boulis to sell them SunCruz."
The go-between was former PR consultant and GOP aide Mike Scanlon who has turned on Abramoff and has been cooperating with prosecutors for some time now, to the detriment of a widening network of Republican lawmakers including Representatives Tom DeLay, Bob Ney and John Doolittle and now Senator Conrad Burns of Montana.

Interestingly enough, it doesn't take Abramoff and Scanlon to make Republicans take bribes. Some, like Duke Cunningham who just pleaded guilty to taking bribes, are quite capable of cutting out the middlemen.

Let's just hope the administration doesn't decide to invade Iran, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela, Massachusetts or San Francisco to divert our attention. (TPM)

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