So we have Peter DeFazio returning the bucks, while Patty Murray says she's keeping hers. Everyone seems to have a different reaction to the tribal money.
That is a distinction worth making: Tribal money, as opposed to Jack Abramoff money.
The ever-growing scandal surrounding corrupt lobbyist Abramoff has not hit the Northwest congressional delegation especially hard, as yet. For the most part - qualifiers are needed - he seems not to have been especially close to most of this region's congressional players, a fact for which most of them are doubtless massively relieved about now.
The members of Congress who stand in the hottest water are those who had direct dealings with Abramoff, and whose names are likely to come up repeatedly as the former power broker sings for federal attorneys. Are any northwest members of Congress in this group? (more…)