Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Fight? Corruption? It's Dingy Harry!

This is what we've been trying to tell the world for months: If the problem is corruption, the solution most certainly is not "elect more Democrats."

"Dingy Harry" Reid accepted free ringside seats -- with his good buddy, Crazy Cousin John McCain (R-Keating), the straight-talkiing maverick reformer who wants to "get the big money out of politics" -- to Vegas prize fights:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid accepted free ringside tickets from the Nevada Athletic Commission to three professional boxing matches while that state agency was trying to influence him on federal regulation of boxing.
Mr. Reid, Nevada Democrat, took the free seats for Las Vegas fights from 2003 to 2005 as he was pressing legislation to increase government oversight of the sport, including the creation of a federal boxing commission that Nevada's agency feared might usurp its authority.
Mr. Reid, who has accused the Republicans of fostering a culture of corruption, defended the gifts, saying they would never influence his position on the bill and was simply trying to learn how his legislation might affect an important home-state industry.
"Anyone from Nevada would say 'I'm glad he is there taking care of the state's No. 1 businesses,' " he told the Associated Press.
"I love the fights anyways, so it wasn't like being punished," added the senator, a former boxer and boxing judge.
Isn't that great? It's like John McCain saying, "I love the saving and loan industry anyways, so it's not like Keating was bribing me or anything."

Democrats, look on the bright side: Reid at least managed to get his name connected with the words "fight" and "corruption."

Dan Riehl observes:
"So Reid has taken money from Vegas and Abramoff -- makes him two for two." And don't forget Dingy Harry's connection to the "Strippergate" scandal, in which a top Reid protege is going to federal prison for a corruption scheme involving campaign cash, strippers and prostitutes.

Folks in Nevada already regard Reid's tough talk on corruption as a "partisan joke." and he's still refusing to give back the campaign money he got from Jack Abramoff's clients. As mentioned here three months ago, Abramoff was simply wild about Harry.

Here's a little quiz for you: Who got more money from the Abramoff gang?
The numbers, according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, and the results, according to news accounts:
Tom DeLay ($28,000) has announced he's resigning from Congress.
Patrick Kennedy ($31,000) is sobering up at the Mayo Clinic.
Harry Reid ($30,500) is campaigning against a "Republican culture of corruption."

Four senior Democrats — Kennedy, Reid, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) — each got more cash out of the Abramoff lobbying scandal than did Tom DeLay.

Rep. Al "Beach Boy" Mollohan (D-W.Va.)? He's still in Congress.
Rep. William "Cold Cash" Jefferson (D-La.)? He's still in Congress.

Yet the only member of Congress who's resigned over these scandals is ... Tom DeLay, a Republican.

So, please, Harry Reid, tell me one more time about this Republican "culture of corruption"!

Previously on HARRY REID:

5/14: Dingy Harry's "partisan joke"
5/11: Harry Reid's Strippergate
4/27: "Culture of Corruption" Update
2/26: The Emerging Difficulties
2/22: Harry & Jack Abramoff
2/17: Democratic Wonderland

2/11: Wild About Harry

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The Republican National Committee's research department is out with its latest "Democrat Ethics Breakdown" report, which is worth reading.

Memo to RNC Research Dept.:
You guys do great work, but your excessive use of capitalization -- "Reid Also Wrote At Least Four Letters Favorable To Abramoff's Tribal Clients ..." -- makes it difficult for reporters to cut and paste your stuff directly into their articles. Also, for the sake of bloggers, it would be nice if you could provide an HTML version of the "Ethics Breakdown" with hotlinks to the news stories you cite.

-- McCAIN

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