Recently there has been a spate of stories in Colorado attempting to establish ties between former Rep. Bob Schaffer and jailbird lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Udall campaign itself has added fuel to the fire, accusing Schaffer of having stronger ties to Abramoff than he acknowledges. Follow the money, though, and you’ll quickly find that there are in fact clear ties between Jack Abramoff and one of the Coloradan Senate candidates. The problem for Mark Udall, though, is that he’s that candidate. Apparently Rep. Mark Udall doesn’t adhere to the old adage that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Fortunately, that glass is now shattering all over him.
The Udall campaign has disclosed that he received two contributions totaling $1500 from PACs tied to the convicted lobbyist. Shockingly, Udall kept the cash for three and four cycles, during which time it helped his career to appear more viable and thus helped him to raise still more money, and is only giving the cash to charity now that he thinks doing so can be a political benefit to his campaign. To say that the donation is disingenuous is an understatement. Mark Udall was simply about to get caught in the height of hypocrisy, accusing his opponent of having ties to Abramoff when he, in fact, is the only candidate in the race to have taken money from PACs tied to the convicted lobbyist.
Well, Congressman, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If you are going to insinuate that Bob Schaffer is too corrupt to represent your state in the Senate because his staffers once had a meeting with Abramoff, perhaps it is time for you to take yourself out of the race because you actually accepted money from those tied to him. Coloradans deserve to know the truth, and the truth is that you are neither a) free of ties to Jack Abramoff nor b) a reliable source for accusations of corruption. If you really thought that the Abramoff issue would work in your favor, think again. Get ready to get the exact same scrutiny you hoped would face your opponent.