And what kind of other tribal enterprises other than gambling did he have in mind, one that sold tomahawks or miniture tepees?
The headline was "Tribe cash fed Ralph Reed's Alabama fight," and you can read the article by going to the 5-18-05 Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
And then on Friday the AJC had yet a second lengthy, detailed story that may -- along with Wednesday's article -- win them a Pulitzer. It was captioned "Reed: Indians gave money. But candidate insists casinos not the source."
The purpose of today's post is not to summarize or quote from the articles, but I can't resist quoting from the introduction to Friday's article.
"Ralph Reed knew that Indian tribes were a source of the financing he arranged for anti-gambling campaigns in Alabama, but he was assured the cash came from tribal enterprises not related to casino gambling, his spokeswoman said."
And what kind of other tribal enterprises other than gambling did the former Chairman of the state GOP have in mind, one that sold tomahawks or miniture tepees.
Why have I waited? I have waited for the media to speculate on when might the next shoe drop.
Sunday on The Georgia Gang the significance of the Wednesday and Friday stories seems implicit when it was noted that Ralph Reed was on the hot seat and beginning to squirm a bit. It noted that Reed now admits he knew money to fight gambling interests came from Indians, but that he did not know the funds were from gambling interests.
The Dean noted that Ralph Reed no longer enjoys a lock on the lieutenant governor nomination, and that Reed has retained a high powered Washington D.C. lawyer to help him navigate these waters.
I am going to take it a bit further. I think these recent revelations open the door to the possibility that Ralph Reed will decide to call it quits, and come out with some statement to the effect that he tried to offer himself for public service, but is being met with the politics of personal destruction, etc. (something he knows a lot about when someone else is on the hot seat).
For me and my money's worth, I would like to see him stay in. As I have noted, his getting into this race is the best thing that can happen to the Democratic Party of Georgia.