Ah well, here’s a new way of backing off a lie: “It’s probably not the best way to say what he did.” That’s Jeffrey Black, Rep. Jim Ryun’s (R-KS) campaign manager, ahem, clarifying an earlier remark by Ryun that he just had no idea that Mark Foley was his neighbor.
Turns out, of course, he did. And how could he not? Back in May, the two of them held a fundraiser together, during which donors visited both of their houses, which are across the street from one another.
Ryun, TPM readers might remember, has had a scandal-filled year. Back in March, we reported that he got a suspiciously good deal on a townhouse sold to him by the U.S. Family Network, a non-profit front group tied to Jack Abramoff. The group, in a soaring real estate market, somehow managed to lose $19,000 on the sale [when the house should have appreciated $100,000 in value].
Yet another House Republican who’s facing an unexpected fight this election. And no wonder.
No wonder indeed. Jim Ryun is representing DC values in Kansas, when he ought to be doing the exact opposite. He bought “the house that Abramoff built” because he knows that when he leaves Congress, he’ll stay in DC and work as a lobbyist. His interest is not in the 2nd District, nor in its citizens. It’s time for him to go.
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