Let’s try reposting this. Apparently some readers were too harried to check out the link for this story [hint, guys, click here] from August 5 Las Vegas Sun and didn’t have a clue what I was talking about. As far as I can tell, the Texas media missed this story entirely. A Perry consultant came across it, e-mailed it around, and in due course it came to me.
Here’s the first paragraph: “WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is under scrutiny for accepting $3,000 from a lobbyist in 1999 for his legal expense fund, which is against Senate rules. Reid aides said it was an honest mistake.”
The next paragraph identifies the lobbyist as former lieutenant governor Ben Barnes.
Barnes isn’t the only Texan whose name appears in the story. Four other lawmakers have committed the same ethics violation as Reid. One of them is no stranger to ethics violations: Tom DeLay. Of course.