POLITICS: Getting Some Distance
GOP candidate Ed Bryant sees widening Abramoff scandal, opposes Bush on amnesty for aliens.
January 18, 2006 at 4:00AM
Former 7th District congressman Ed Bryant, now a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, predicted Saturday that the current ethics scandal in Washington centering around disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff is going to spread.Speaking to attendees of the monthly Dutch Treat Luncheon at the Picadilly Restaurant in East Memphis, Bryant said, I hear that as many as 20 members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, could be involved, as well as staffers. In an aside, Bryant took note of the current legislative special session on ethics in Tennessee and expressed astonishment that the state had so few laws governing ethics, in contrast to how many we have at the federal level.As he had in previous stump speeches, the former congressman expressed a desire to join the Senate Judiciary Committee if elected. He promised to get on the television shows and counter prominent Democrats like senators Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden.