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Ralph Reed: Hypocrisy’s a Bitch, Ain’t It?

ralphreed.jpgLook whose poll numbers have taken a nose dive in the wake of the sinking Abramoff ethics ship? Yup, Ralph Reed, poster boy for gambling opposition hypocrisy, is feeling the heat from his red state constituency. Where’s the love, Ralphie Boy? Oh yeah, with the other guy.

Reed is running against a virtual unknown for the lieutenant governorship of Georgia — and even with his tarnished now worthless Christian Coalition credentials in an evangelical, red state bonanza like Georgia, Ralphie’s numbers are taking a nose dive. Guess all that Abramoff press isn’t working well for the campaign.

No idea if these numbers are going to hold through the primary, but Republicans around the country have to be shaking in their boots at this news. If Ralph Reed and all his name recognition and evangelical letter writing buddies can’t beat a no-name primary opponent in a red state like Georgia, what does that mean for everyone else who is linked to Jack Abramoff in more "purple" looking states?

Boy, hypocrisy doesn’t pay, does it? Neither does bribery, corruption or scandal when you get caught.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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