Ralph Reed, the former Christian Coalition figure and Bush-Cheney campaign official, is currently running for Lt. Governor in Georgia. Reed is a high-profile member of the Religious Right who once graced the cover of Time Magazine (which billed him as "The Right Hand of God") and his entry into this race is seen by virtually all political observers as the first step in a prolonged campaign for the presidency within a decade or so. This isn't a run-of-the-mill state campaign; this is a make-or-break moment in a political ascension.
Not only is Reed a major figure, he's right in the middle of the Abramoff and Scanlon casino scandals. So far, it seems he was engaged in little more than some shady, behind-the-scenes lobbying that netted him some laundered cash. Not the worst scandal, but certainly on the sketchy side.
All of this leads me to one question -- how come we never hear about him in association with the Abramoff affair? This is a Big Man in a Big Scandal. Given his longstanding tie to Abramoff and what we already know he's involved in, isn't his role worth looking into?
I'm sure many people think it may be too soon, in both the timeline of the scandal and the timeline of Georgia's 2006 election cycle (which still has the Republican primary to come), for serious investigation of Reed's connections to Abramoff. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution seems to be on the ball about this, but the national news outlets all seem to be a little quiet. What gives?