Susan Ralston Into the Sunset; or, Never Miss Breaking News at 5pm Friday

In Culture of Corruption, Economic Justice, Election 2006, Election 2008, Freedom of Speech, International politics, Iraq War, Laws & Regulation, Media Criticism, Netroots, Progressive Politics, US Politics on October 6, 2006 at 8:38 pm


A key aide to presidential political strategist Karl Rove resigned Friday after a congressional report listed hundreds of contacts between disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the White House. Susan Ralston, special assistant to President Bush, submitted a resignation letter to him less than five weeks before congressional elections in which corruption and scandal are emerging as major issues.


Karl Rove threw a party for dozens of White House staffers at Jack Abramoff’s restaurant in January 2004, but was not charged, according to a new story in the National Journal (not available online). The senior White House adviser only paid his tab at Abramoff’s Signatures restaurant this May, the magazine reports — after Abramoff had pled guilty to multiple felonies, including conspiracy to defraud the United States.

National Journal:

This would be big news; maybe even worthy of a story on the major broadcast evening newscasts. But not today. Amazing that we haven’t got one breaking news alert from any news org. on a story that combines Karl Rove and Jack Abramoff and “resignation” in the same sentence. This wasn’t just a Friday 5pm news dump; this was a news dump under a 3 “f” umbrella: Five pm; Friday and Foley.


In other concert-related bribery, Ken Mehlman demanded two tickets to U2 and Rove aide Susan Ralston was “the most frequent recipient of tickets from Abramoff.” She saw Bruce “Pinko” Springsteen and Andrea “Inexplicably Popular” Bocelli. At the Bocelli show, she even got her parking validated. IS NOTHING SACRED?

Watch PedophileConspiracyPushingSmutPeddlingLiberalDemocratNewsRag ABC report on the report yesterday.


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