Jason Roe and Jack Abramoff
The Jack Abramoff scandal may spell an end to Jason Roe's career. He is a former Tom Feeney aide. He was hired to work on the Mitt Romney campaign.
Jason Roe, who functioned as the campaign's top daily operating officer, told campaign officials today that he planned to leave.
It's is rather odd to recently get hired by a campaign and suddenly leave. It does make sense when looked through the filter of the Abramoff scandal.
Roe was hired by the campaign after serving as chief of staff to Rep. Tom Feeney since 2003. He has also managed several congressional races. On Monday, the St. Petersburg Times reported that FBI agents had asked Feeney about a 2003 golfing trip with convicted ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Times also reported that the FBI asked the newspaper to turn over an e-mail Roe sent to the paper. The e-mail's contents, according to the paper, included the sentence: "Any assertion that this office knew Abramoff paid for the Scotland trip is a g--d----- lie."
The Roe story, in the St Petersburg Times, was posted the same day has the Hotline article. Roe gave no indication that he was quitting the Romney campaign. The Times and Orlando Sentinel both goes public with being contacted by the FBI. Roe announces the same day that he is leaving the campaign and was planning on doing so for quite some time.
Columnist Scott Maxwell was asked by the FBI of an email Roe sent him. Besides people who read PowerLine and Instapundit as the gospel truth, does anyone believe the Romney campaign would want to keep Roe around?
In related news: Tom Feeney tells a major fib.
But Feeney denied having any kind of relationship with Abramoff.
“There’s no relationship,” he said flatly.
This from a Congressman who went golfing on Abramoff's dime and was a regular at Signatures. Abramoff also donated $1,000 to Feeney in 2003. Feeney has an odd concept of "no relationship." Abramoff has gotten pass first base no Feeney a long time ago. He is more than happy to share the details with the FBI.
Feeney is among those who might be nervous over the ex-lobbyist's chatter, said the knowledgeable lawyer. The third-term congressman reported accepting $5,643 for the golfing trip and wrote a check to the U.S. Treasury in that amount last January when the House ethics committee found it encroached on rules barring travel with lobbyists.
However, Feeney, Abramoff and others, including transportation committee aide Zachares, flew home in a luxurious Gulfstream V private jet, the lawyer said, and Feeney's check understated the true cost of the trip.
Like Feeney said, "There’s no relationship." Besides golfing trips, campaign contributions, dining at Abramoff's restaurant and sharing private jets.