Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Out with the trash

Susan Ralston, White House "Prince of Darkness" Karl Rove's right hand woman, resigned recently. Ralston was the most powerful Asian American in the White House, and previously served as Jack Abramoff's aide. She resigned after an internal review "discovered" over 400 contacts between Dirty Jack and the WH.

Why does this matter?
"Critics have pointed to Ralston as evidence that Rove — and thus Bush — are possibly closer to Abramoff than the White House has acknowledged. Ralston was Abramoff's administrative assistant at his lobbying firm and, after Bush took office, assumed the same post with Rove."

Lots of news items are getting tossed out with the trash this holiday weekend,
when people aren;t paying as much attention.

To note, George Allen failed to disclose stock options that he had gained, and is hot water with the Senate Ethics Committee. One of those companies was absorbed into Tyco. He had helped the high tech companies while serving as Gov. of Virginia, and then conveniently served on their boards.
For the past five years, Sen. George Allen, has failed to tell Congress about stock options he got for his work as a director of a high-tech company. The Virginia Republican also asked the Army to help another business that gave him similar options.
THe AP got the goods on Felix.

Illinois Republican and Speaker of the House Denny Hastert is apparently radioactive to Republican congressional candidates, cancelling a number of upcoming fundraisers for them. Hotline lists those who no longer want to be seen and heard with the Speaker:
He'll no longer fundraise for candidate/state Sen. Joy Padgett (R) in OH 18 10/12. Hastert called her office to say "his travel plans had changed." Padgett "declined to say" whether she would've cancelled the event." (Examiner).

And in IN 09, Hastert cancelled a 10/10 event to support Rep. Mike Sodrel, who faces a "tight" re-election race with ex-Rep. Baron Hill (D). Sodrel: "I suspect he's busy with other issues right now" (AP/Fort Wayne News-Sentinel). What's more, write-in candidate Shelley Sekula Gibbs (R) in TX 22 "has decided not to accept Hastert's offer" to visit and fundraise for her.

Let's throw them all out with the trash. Hastert, Ralston, and George Allen Felix.


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