Republican presidential candidate John McCain plans to attend a fundraiser hosted by Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition who fell from grace during the Jack Abramoff scandal.
Sam Stein, of Huffington Post, says McCain's dalliance with Reed could open an ugly can of worms for the Arizona senator--and those worms could have their roots in Alabama.
Reed helped Abramoff shut down casino games in Alabama, an effort designed to protect the Mississippi Choctaws, an Abramoff client. With Reed's help, the Choctaws poured millions of dollars of support behind Bob Riley's gubernatorial campaign, and Riley unseated Democrat Don Siegelman in an exceptionally close race.
During a Senate investigation, McCain covered up these ties between Abramoff and Riley, causing some to wonder if McCain deserved his reputation as a "straight talker."
Stein says McCain's appearance with Reed might raise those questions even more.
Speaking of Riley, gambling, the Mississippi Choctaws, and religion, I recently discovered a 2007 Alabama lawsuit that shines interesting light on all of those topics.
We will be sharing those details soon.