WASHINGTON -President Bush, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his successor Roy Blunt on Wednesday joined the list of officials shedding political donations from Jack Abramoff, the once- powerful lobbyist who has agreed to testify in a political corruption investigation.I guess the question one has to ask is why did they wait so long? The could have done it when the question first were asked, they could have done it when he was indicted, but no, they wait until it looks like he's going to sing like a bird. Just a little late don't you think? And then there not even going to give up all of it. If anything it makes them look even worse.
Bush, DeLay, Blunt and Rep. Bob Ney (news, bio, voting record) joined House Speaker Dennis Hastert in announcing plans to either return campaign contributions from Abramoff or give them to charity. Several others announced in December that they were giving back Abramoff's donations to their campaigns.
Abramoff raised at least $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney '04 re-election campaign, earning the honorary title "pioneer" from the campaign. But the campaign is giving up only $6,000 that came directly from Abramoff, his wife and one of the Indian tribes that he worked to win influence for in Washington. The money is being donated to the American Heart Association.
So is it hubris, stupidity or both? We ask, you decide.