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CONCORD, NH - Yesterday, Congressman Jeb Bradley quietly endorsed a key ally of Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff in the campaign to replace the indicted former Republican Majority Leader.

Bradley's endorsement of Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) was announced in the Washington, DC publication "The Hotline" but was kept hidden from his New Hampshire constituents - for obvious reasons:

BLUNT NAMED ONE OF 13 MOST CORRUPT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS: In 2005, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), named Blunt one of the 13 most corrupt members of Congress. CREW named Blunt because of his alleged "misuse of his position for the benefit of his family." The report cites Blunt's involvement in pushing legislation that it says benefited Philip Morris and United Parcel Service. Blunt's wife, Abigail Perlman, is a lobbyist for the Altria Group, which owns Philip Morris, and a son, Andrew Blunt, lobbies for UPS in the Missouri Statehouse. [Joplin Globe, 9/27/05]

BLUNT, DELAY SHARE ABRAMOFF CONNECTIONS: According to the Associated Press, "Blunt and DeLay and their aides frequently met with Abramoff's lobbying team and even jointly signed a letter supportive of an Indian tribe client at the heart of the Abramoff criminal investigation . . . Blunt wrote at least three letters helpful to Abramoff clients while collecting money from them. He swapped donations between his and DeLay's political groups, ultimately enriching the Missouri political campaign of his son, Matt." [AP, 1/11/06]

BLUNT A "LOYAL DEFENDER" OF DELAY: According to the Washington Post, "Blunt, 55, was handpicked by DeLay in 1999 to become chief deputy whip and then assumed the majority whip's post in 2003 after DeLay became majority leader. Blunt has been a loyal defender of DeLay, despite the majority leader's mounting ethics problems." [Washington Post, 5/17/05]

BLUNT A DELAY "PROTÉGE": According to Business Week, "Blunt, 55, No. 3 in the current leadership and a DeLay protege, is the early favorite for promotion. He's a darling of the Religious Right, tight with Bush, and close to Missouri companies, including Anheuser-Busch, Emerson Electric, and Jones Financial Cos. If Republicans believe DeLay was railroaded, Blunt benefits. But if The Hammer gets nailed, Blunt could suffer collateral damage." [Business Week, 5/16/05]

BLUNT WANTED DELAY TO KEEP HIS POST EVEN IF INDICTED. Roy Blunt voted to allow DeLay to continue serving as Leader even if he is indicted. []