"Let me count first here," Allen said, shushing a former statehouse speaker as he counted out a bribe in video footage entered as evidence in the lawmaker's September trial, one of several crowding the docket of the federal court here.This is going to further damage the Republican "brand" as the story unfolds over the next year. Crooked politicians, all Republicans, from a U.S. Senator, a U.S. Representative, and any number of state and local elected officials. It will be an albatross around the neck of the national Republican Party. Who knows, it may even turn the notoriously Republican Alaskans against the GOP, but the real damage will be done in the lower 48, as every night new revelations of scummy, corrupt Republicans will be paraded through the even news, and every morning in the morning newspaper (offer not good in the Richmond Times Dispatch).
On another tape, Pete Kott, the former Republican speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives, crowed as he described beating back a tax bill opposed by oil companies. "I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie," Kott said. "Exxon's happy. BP's happy. I'll sell my soul to the devil."
Read about the scandal in The Washington Post.