Ralph Reed Wants to go to Congress

by Karen Topakian

Take out your wallet. Because you will want to give and give big to…Ralph Reed’s bid for Congress from the Peach State. Georgia. 

It’s not official yet but this man, once described as a “baby-faced assassin” by former New Hampshire Senator Warren Rudman, is seriously considering campaigning for the seat held by retiring Republican Rep. John Linder.

This isn’t his first run for office, he tried before. For the Lt. Governor of Georgia. But he lost. Despite this failed bid, he worked on seven presidential campaigns and advised 88 senatorial campaigns.

Not a stranger to scandal, Reed “secretly accepted payments from Jack Abramoff to lobby against Indian casino gambling and oppose an Alabama education lottery.” So says the Indian Senate.

And we all know where Jack Abramoff is today – at the Federal Correctional Institute in Maryland serving a four year prison sentence for “trading expensive gifts, meals and sports trips in exchange for political favors.” 

Reed’s current day job – running the Faith and Freedom Coalition, where they “believe that the greatness of America lies not in the federal government but in the character of our people — the simple virtues of faith, hard work, marriage, family, personal responsibility, and helping the least among us. If we lose sight of these values, America will cease to be great.”

If you haven’t heard enough about this Ph.D from Emory University, you will know the organization he once led. The Christian Coalition.  Unfortunately, while he was the director of this Pat Robertson founded organization, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) launched an investigation for expressly advocating the election or defeat of clearly identified candidates. A definite no-no for an organization seeking tax-exempt status.

Two years later the Coalition lost their 10-year fight to gain a tax-exempt status because of their political activity – preparing voter guides for distribution in churches that expressly advocated a specific candidate.

Heard enough?

As a footnote, while working on his college newspaper, Mr. Reed penned a column called, “Gandhi: Ninny of the 20th Century.”

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