Dropping: The Hammer
Those TV ads and computer generated phone calls with Tom Delay claiming that Ronnie Earle has filed "baseless charges" against him are starting to look rather baseless themselves.
"Scanlon, a former aide to Representative Tom DeLay, is scheduled to appear today in U.S. District Court to present a plea bargain with the Justice Department likely to lead to his cooperation with investigators. His testimony would ratchet up the pressure on Abramoff and aid prosecutors in widening the investigation to members of Congress, such as Republicans DeLay and Representative Robert Ney of Ohio."I wouldn't be surprised if Scanlon does take the stool and starts dropping dimes on his cohorts, it's in his nature. Taking opportunities is the backbone of any "good" lobbyists' pedigree and I doubt Mr. Scanlon has many opportunites these days with the corner he's painted himself into. Putting knives in peoples backs is the rule of thumb at the level these guys play at and when you are facing jail time you've got to be quick. The guy who sinks his shank first will likely be the one who won't have to worry about be on the receiving end of one in a prison yard.
I'll be writing/creating more about this within the next few days I'm sure... let's see what happens with Scanlon today.
UPDATE: Looks like Michael Scanlon pled guilty and will be cooperating with investigators.