This headline from the Star Tribune cracked me up:
Ex-congressional aide pleads guilty in scandal
Which scandal? And who’s congressional aide? Throw me a bone here, Star Tribune.
Keeping up with DC scandals is getting tougher than keeping up with Paris and Brittany.
Mark Zachares, the 11th person to be convicted in the Justice Department inquiry, admitted engaging in official acts on Abramoff’s behalf while working for Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who chaired the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Abramoff assisted Zachares in obtaining his committee post. Zachares left Young’s staff in 2005. Young’s office declined to comment Tuesday.
“Guilty, your honor,” Zachares told U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, who had asked what plea he would enter to a single count of conspiracy. He faces a maximum of five years in prison, but under federal sentencing guidelines will probably face two years or less.
Alaska ranks up there with Texas when it comes to dirty politics. They reps from up there have simply been in Washington for way too long, which leads to way too many shady deals. Don’t forget that it’s also home to Sen. Ted “Series of Tubes” Stevens who also likes pork barrel building bridges to nowhere.