A vote against Ralph Reed -- and Jack Abramoff -- in Georgia

The former Christian Coalition leader and Bush campaign official loses his bid for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.


Tim Grieve
July 19, 2006 5:06PM (UTC)

NBC News reminded us the other day that for all the convictions and controversy it has engendered, "it's easy to forget this one thing about the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal: So far, no politician linked to it has lost at the ballot box."

Well, we can forget that now, too. In Georgia Tuesday, former Christian Coalition leader and Bush campaign official Ralph Reed lost the race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

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Why? As the Associated Press explains it, Reed was "unable to overcome his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff."

Reed said he was glad he had run, and -- hello, Sen. Lieberman! -- he promised to support his Republican rival, Georgia Sen. Casey Cagel, in the general election in November.


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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