Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Flag on the play

The Republicans, who under Clinton were going to save us from jack-booted thugs, ARE the jack-booted thugs.

Pogo had a better way with words.

Before getting to the story, let's run through the headlines. Don't worry - at the time of this writing there are only 8.

From The Hill:
FBI called in on Hill

From WOI-TV Ames/West Des Moines:
Aide to Senator Grassley attacked at her Virginia home
[Ed. note: Who knew Des Moines was big enough to have a West Des Moines?]

From RadioIowa:
Senator Grassley asks FBI to investigate attack on his aide

From Des Moines Register:
Top Grassley aide attacked; investigation under way

From WTOP-FM Washington:
Capitol Hill Staffer Attacked At Fairfax Home

From Cedar Rapids Gazette:
Grassley aide attacked in D.C.

From KWOC-TV Quad Cities:
Aide to Senator Grassley attacked at her Virginia home
[Ed. note: Can you name the Quad Cities?*]

From WQAD-TV Quad Cities:
Aide to Senator Grassley attacked at her Virginia home
[Ed. note: The Quad Cities tv stations share their stories. ]

I can't understand what's holding up the heavy hitters on this story (I'm talking about YOU Washington Post, NY Times, Chicago Tribune).

And now, for the story. Emilia DiSanto is the chief investigator for Senator Grassley (R-IA), who happens to chair the Senate Finance Committee. And the Senate Finance Committee is investigating RNC bagman Jack Abramoff. Not up to date on it? Go here for a good recap.

Last Wednesday, 2 November 2005, DiSanto was unloading items from her car when a white man dressed in black struck her repeatedly with what is believed to be a baseball bat. She was treated for significant upper body injuries and a head wound that required nine (9) staples. She returned to work the next day.

Republicans will spin it that the injuries could not be that serious if she went to work the next day. Come on, folks! Why, guys take 3 days to get a hangnail removed.

The Hill also reports, no doubt in an unrelated story:
Ney sets up defense fund on Abramoff
Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) reported to the FEC that he hired Vinson & Elkins to defend him against potential trouble arising from the Jack Abramoff investigation. So far he's coughed up $136,000 to Vinson & Elkins. Since he didn't cash in as much as others (read TOM DeLAY here), and he faces a stiff reelection fight next year, he has to stop dipping into the reelection fund and set up a defense fund.

Sounds like Ney made a good guess now that he's received a subpoena from a federal grand jury on the Abramoff thing.

*Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline, Rock Island.

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