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January 14, 2006


Shadegg isn't really a break from the past. From the Stakeholder:

"Rep. John Shadegg, R- Ariz., along with more than two dozen other members of Congress, signed a letter to Interior Secretary Gale Norton on Feb. 27, 2002, that helped lobbyist Jack Abramoff's clients. The lawmaker received about $2,500 from Abramoff, his lobbying partners and tribal clients between 2001 and 2004, though no money in the period around which the letter was sent." (Associated Press, 11/17/05)

"And let's check out his maverick credentials. You'll have to forgive me, these are calculated through cq.com which is subscription and doesn't give permanent links for these, but consider my own credibility on the line:

"John Shadegg has voted with indicted former GOP Leader Tom DeLay 92% of the time.

"John Shadegg has voted with President Bush 91% of the time.

"John Shadegg has voted the party line on 98% of "party unity votes," i.e. significant votes that fell along party lines and where Tom DeLay needed him most."

There's much, much more, including the priceless episode where he voted against the Medicare drug bill because he opposed it, but helped round up votes FOR it because it was important to the leadership.

Those who shouldn't be put in charge of House lobbying reform: Roy Blunt, John Shaddegg, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and anyone with the endorsement of Club for Growth.

Seriously... is there anyone who is clean? Sheesh.

Don't forget to add into the mix anyone who had connections with Duke Cunningham. Laura Rozen is staying with the Cunningham matter which probably extends outward to defense and intelligence contractors, and which has yet to fully open up. It could be nearly as wide and deep as the abramoff networks.

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