Outside editorial: Georgia voters send the nation a message with Reed's defeat

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2006

This editorial appeared in the Orlando Sentinel:

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It was a sudden fall from grace for former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, once a sure bet to win the Republican nomination for Georgia lieutenant governor.

Instead the former Georgia Republican Party chairman was defeated handily by a little-known state senator who successfully tied Reed to Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Reed was paid $4 million to rally Christian voters against Indian casinos to benefit competing gambling interests that employed Abramoff. Reed has never been accused of a crime, but, then again, hypocrisy's not illegal. Voters obviously didn't appreciate that the righteous Reed joyfully did the bidding of gambling interests.

Ethics matter to voters. That ought to be a lesson to all candidates.

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