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The Washington Post reports on the impact of Tuesday's election in Georgia, where top Bush fundraiser Ralph Reed (R-Ga.) lost his bid for Lieutenant Governor, likely due to his involvement in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. The article investigates how corruption and the ongoing federal investigations of lawmakers will impact several key elections this fall. Republican strategists believe Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio), Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), Rep. Jerry Lewis (Calif.), John T. Doolittle (Calif.) and Richard W. Pombo (Calif.) will be the most vulnerable because of their ties to Abramoff; while Democrats Reps. William Jefferson (La.) and Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.) also face tough races.
NBC’s First Read reports the attorney for embattled Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) will file an emergency motion in response to yesterday’s decision by Judge Thomas Hogan to allow the materials seized from the Congressman’s Capitol Hill office to be reviewed by the Justice Department. The emergency motion is an attempt to block FBI agents from reviewing documents which are currently in their possession. Jefferson is part of an ongoing federal bribery investigation for his role in promoting high-tech investments in African countries. The New York Times reported yesterday that Nigeria's vice president "angrily denied" that he accepted bribes from or had a business relationship with Jefferson other than the usual diplomatic courtesies extended to American officials.
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Texas) plans to file a brief asking the 5th Circuit to overturn the ruling that the Texas Republican Party cannot replace former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Texas) on the ballot. The Washington Times describes a new challenge from Texas Republicans, who claim that if Democrats succeed in preventing a new Republican candidate from being named, DeLay is willing to launch a full-scale campaign to take back his congressional seat.
Roll Call (subscription only) relates the House Government Reform Committee’s efforts to look into the relationship Jack Abramoff had with the White House. The committee is seeking e-mails, billing records and other documents that reflect contacts by Abramoff or his associates with a number of White House officials, including President Bush and his top advisor Karl Rove.
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