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Former Ney Staffer To Testify

Neil Volz, Ney's former chief of staff, is expected to provide testimony about the 2002 golfing trip organized by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff for Ney, several of his aides, and Ralph Reed. Though he continues to assert his innocence, Ney is the subject of a criminal investigation and in the middle of a tough re-election battle. Reed meanwhile continues to see his campaign for Georgia's Lieutenant Governor seat dogged by his close relationship with Abramoff.

More Trouble For Reed

The mailing, sent out conservative Christians to get them to oppose a bill that would have made the U.S. commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands subject to federal wage and worker safety laws, was sent out by Reed's firm in 1999, the Washington Post reports.

Abramoff's Scotland junket

The trial of former Bush Administration official David Safavian raises lots of interesting questions for Rep. Bob Ney, Ralph Reed, and others, as former Ney chief of staff and government witness Neil Volz takes the stand. Here's just one example we're interested in:

 

Is Reed's Lt. Governor's race a prelude to higher office?

GOP pollster Matt Towery writes up Ralph Reed's run for Lieutenant Governor in Georgia at Townhall.com. He immodestly says he's been "interviewed for nearly as many stories about Ralph Reed as I've read."

 

The burning questions on reporters' minds? Is this race a prelude for national higher office, and will the Abramoff scandals hurt Reed?

 

Towery answers yes to higher office, and no to Abramoff's drag on Reed.

 

Ralph Reed leads Georgia race, but has high negative ratings

The Abramoff scandals are taking their toll on Ralph Reed's race for Georgia lieutenant governor.

 

Recent polling in Georgia shows that Reed's viewed unfavorably by 45% of GOP voters, with 40% viewing him favorably. The good news for Reed is that he still leads his primaryopponent, State Senator Casey Cagle 42% to 36%, with still 22% undecided.

The Trouble With Golfing

The August 2004 golfing trip Jack Abramoff put together for himself, Rep. Bob Ney, his former chief of staff Neil Volz, David Safavian, and Ralph Reed may have been fun at the time but it's come back to haunt all five men big time.

Time takes a look at the dodgy circumstances around the trip, heavily supplemented by the Abramoff email records obtained by federal investigators that illuminate Abramoff's relationships with Reed, Volz and Safavian.

Tuesday Roundup

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on the lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee to obtain records of Ralph Reed's White House visits as part of a larger inquiry into those with close ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Technicality Keeps TX Prosecutor from Investigating Reed

Citing a statute of limitations, A Texas prosecutor declined to investigate whether Ralph Reed violated Texas lobbying laws, reports The Washington Post.

 

The Enron E-Mails

Back in 2003, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released some 1.5 million email messages that it collected as part of its investigation of Enron's price-gouging of California consumers. The press pounced on some of the choicer bits, but this is truly the gift that keeps giving.

Going Back To Cali

LA Times headline: Lobbyist Tied to DeLay Indicted.