Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, who last year spent 10 months in federal prison for accepting lavish gifts from contractors who did business with his state, spoke today at a luncheon here in Raleigh sponsored by the John Locke Foundation (my employer). His speech, titled "The Arrogance of Power," was a timely one, as our state legislature is under fire for ethical lapses, chiefly related to the passage of a state lottery last year. In fact, a former lottery commissioner is currently on trial for his failure to disclose his financial ties to Scientific Games, a vendor that planned to compete for the contract to run North Carolina's lottery. Our governor, Mike Easley, testified today in that trial.
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Dear Tabin & the rest of Planet Earth,
David Roth, Mark Foley's attorney, is on TV now claiming that Foley was molested by a clergyman as a teen.
Looks like it's not working since your post yesterday, Reid.
Incidentally, has anybody else noticed how strange Bob Woodward's speech tones and rhythsm are these days? He sounds like the victim of some nervous disorder.
"Most Republicans are sticking together."-- Speaker Hastert's spokesman on the Foley affair
Good grief! Isn't there another way to phrase this?
More incriminating Foley IMs. This time, he's inviting a teen over for drinks, and we're not talking Sunny D.
Denny Hastert, meanwhile, is brushing aside calls for his resignation. Um, okay, but the Speaker is going to have do something in response to this matter other than issue prepared statements.
There's an Associated Press story out on the wire with the mis-titled headline, "Bush: Democrats shouldn't be trusted to run Congress." Of course since it's the AP, it's running on many news Web sites and will run in hundreds of print newspapers in the next day or so, with near-identical variations of the headline. ABC's affiliate here in Raleigh even puts the "Democrats shouldn't be trusted" in quotation marks, as though the president had literally uttered that statement.