In the upcoming GQ, Sean Flynn takes on -- and takes down -- Christian Coalition and Republican stalwart Ralph Reed, just days before the Georgia primary this Tuesday, July 18th in which Reed will seek the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. Flynn pulls absolutely no punches here, charting Reed's rise through the Christian Coalition through his dubious dealings with Jack Abramoff , sketchy history as a campaign consultant and sketchier history touting moneymaking schemes pegged to life insurance payouts from elderly Indians and African-Americans. The article is long - almost 8,000 words - and packed chock-full of example after damning example of Reed's religious hypocrisy (gambling) and unsavory dealings (Abramoff said of him that he was "a bad version of us"; Reed called his frequent business partner "arguably the most influential and effective GOP lobbyist in [sic] congress." He is also the person credited - though everyone denies it - with delivering the South Carolina to George Bush in 2000 by fanning the suggestion that John McCain's adopted Bangladeshi daughter was his illegitimate black baby.
Reed's Abramoff connection is coming back to bite him as the primary -- what should have been a cakewalk for a Golden Boy like him against a state Senator, Casey Cagle -- approaches and he is dogged by the Abramoff rumors and others just as shady.