Sunday, November 13, 2005

TEXAS SENATOR CORNYN LINKED TO ABRAMOFF

Well, my readers, here is proof that America is becoming increasingly dumbed down. Below is a comment posted by a poor soul who has has allowed the GOP to rewire his/her brain and delete his/her rational and critical thinking functions. It followed the post on Stupid America.

"Anti-Bush and Anti-America, can't get more scummy than that."


Moving along to the neocon wing of the GOP and its unquenchable thirst for individual wealth at any cost, coupled with political GOP, a la Tom DeLay, sleaze and slime in Texas, the renowned Senator Cornyn has been linked to Christian hypocrite extraordinaire Reed and the Mafioso wannabe Abramoff. It seems that Cornyn was instrumental in shutting down the Alabama-Coushatta and Tigua casino efforts in Livingston Texas (which is a mere 60-90 minutes from Houston and therefore would have had boatloads of customers) in order to kill any potential competition to Abramoff's Louisiana's Indian casinos. You know, the casinos Abramoff ripped royally. Cornyn and a well-known minister of rather large and well-known Baptist church in Houston played into Abramoff's hand with the help of Reed. I wonder what Cornyn and the minister got out of the deal? It’s not about sin, hellfire and damnation but the money, honey. Hmmmm…. Speaking of compromised GOP Senators, a moderate and not crazed Republican friend told me the other day that Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is not a leader. Rather, she is one who merely follows orders from leaders in the party. I am quite frankly appalled that anyone would vote for one who is not only a rubber-stamping sheep but one who obviously does not have the interests of her constituency at heart. Oh well, that’s politics in Texas. One has to trace the money trail to figure it out here. LS

TEXAS SENATOR CORNYN LINKED TO ABRAMOFF

In E-mails, Consultant Claims Link to Cornyn
By Suzanne Gamboa
The Associated Press

Saturday 12 November 2005

Christian Coalition leader says he influenced effort to shut casinos.
Washington - Former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed claimed in a 2001 e-mail to a lobbyist that he choreographed John Cornyn's efforts as Texas attorney general to shut down an East Texas Indian tribe's casino.

The lobbyist was Jack Abramoff, who is under federal investigation, along with his partner Michael Scanlon, on allegations of defrauding six Indian tribes of about $80 million from 2001 to 2004. The e-mail, along with about a dozen others, was released last week as part of the investigation.

In 2001, Abramoff was working as a lobbyist for the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana to prevent rival gaming casinos from siphoning off its Texas customers. He paid Reed as a consultant, and Reed lobbied to get the Alabama-Coushatta and Tigua casinos closed in Texas.

In the Nov. 30, 2001, e-mail, Reed told Abramoff that 50 pastors led by Ed Young, of Second Baptist Church in Houston, would meet with Cornyn to urge him to shut down the Alabama-Coushatta tribe's casino near Livingston. He said Young would back up the request in writing.

"We have also choreographed Cornyn's response. The AG will state that the law is clear, talk about how much he wants to avoid repetition of El Paso (where the Tigua casino was) and pledge to take swift action to enforce the law," Reed wrote. "He will also personally hand Ed Young a letter that commits him to take action in Livingston."

Cornyn, now a Republican U.S. senator, had filed a lawsuit in 1999 to shut down the casino operated by the Tigua tribe in El Paso, saying it violated the state's limited gambling laws. In 2002, federal courts shuttered the Tiguas' casino and Cornyn used that ruling to shut down the Alabama-Coushattas' casino.

Cornyn, who has not been accused of any wrongdoing, has denied knowing Abramoff. He also has said he was unaware of Reed's work with Abramoff.

He said he did not remember receiving a letter from Young or Reed, or providing a letter to Young; he acknowledged meeting with the minister.

"Their efforts were irrelevant to what I was doing," said Cornyn, who was elected to the Senate in 2002. "It's kind of eye-opening to me that apparently people make money claiming credit for something I decided to do under the law."

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee blocked out references to Cornyn in the e-mails it released last week. But in previous Reed e-mails released by the committee, Cornyn's name was not removed.

The previously released e-mails showed that in 2002, Abramoff and Scanlon secretly funneled millions to Reed to help fund the campaign to get the Tigua casino shut down. The lobbyists then persuaded the Tiguas to hire them to reopen it.

A Reed spokeswoman refused to respond directly to questions about whether Reed had copies of or had seen Young's letter, or details about how he "choreographed" a response from Cornyn.

"No one should take credit for state Attorney General John Cornyn's actions and the faith community's support," Reed's spokeswoman Lisa Baron said. "Ralph Reed never has and never will."

She said Reed did not learn the Louisiana Coushattas were Abramoff's clients until 2002, and he was not aware that the tribe contributed to "our efforts" until 2004.

But Reed's e-mails suggest Cornyn's work was instrumental to Abramoff in fending off competition for his client.

Members of the Louisiana Coushatta tribal leadership testified last week that Abramoff used the threat of the Alabama-Coushatta casino in Texas to get more lobbying business.

Young said he met Cornyn for the first time at a pastors' meeting in late November 2001, where Cornyn spoke to about 15 to 20 pastors. Young also said he did not remember any exchange of letters occurring at the meeting as Reed said in the e-mail.

Cornyn "told us the situation. He was filing affidavits. We said we support you" because of the pastors' concerns about gambling, Young said.

Young dismissed Reed's suggestion that Cornyn needed him for support in the 2002 Senate race. He said he stays neutral because his church attracts Democrats and Republicans.

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