Tuesday Afternoon Quick Hits
Virginia: C-Ville Weekly takes a look at GOP Rep. Tom Davis, likely GOP understudy for probable-retiree-to-be John Warner, and offers this information on what will be Davis' first scandal-in-waiting:
More problematic is Davis’ relationship to the Tysons Corner-based consulting company ICG Government. The firm is run by his close friend Donald Upson, who, according to a damning article published last July in The Washington Post, trades on the relationship to drum up business. Among other things, the Post reported, “The firm has arranged for clients to meet with Davis in his congressional office. Upson has set up dinners and receptions with the lawmaker for his clients. And ICG has arranged for clients to testify before Davis’s committee.” The firm also has employed Davis’ wife, Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, as a consultant, and paid her a total of $78,000 in 2005 for working “10 to 20 hours a week,” mostly from home, using her cell phone.Did somebody say "Republican Culture of Corruption"? (H/T: Political Insider)
New Mexico: One of the several reasons that the stench of the Attorney Purge scandal won't ever wash off of Pajamas Pete Domenici is that bits and pieces of the scandal continue to come out in drips and drabs, courtesy of Think Progress:
“The House Judiciary Committee released today what are known as ‘privileged’ logs — brief descriptions of e-mail and telephone communications among Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty and other high ranking Justice officials.” A sample:A "bunch" of phone messages, huh? Must have been a pretty urgent call. With more evidence trickling out and the Senate Ethics investigation ongoing, Domenici ain't scrubbing this scandal off of him anytime soon. And, as his plummeting poll numbers indicate, eventually it may be too late.
– A bunch of “phone message slips” from early December regarding Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The senator called David Iglesias, the fired U.S. attorney from New Mexico, to ask about an on-going investigation of a state Democrat a few weeks before last November’s election that put the Democrats back in charge of Congress.
New Jersey: Yet another name is considering a challenge to Senator Frank Lautenberg: state assemblyman Joseph Pennacchio. If you'd think that the NJ-GOP, already lagging due to the national mood and recent GOP losses in the Garden State, would want to get behind one candidate early, you'd apparently be wrong.