Saturday, May 27, 2006

MORE ABRAMOFF TAINT -- This time it reaches into the Democratic primary for Maryland governor:
A longtime aide to Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan played a key role in the county's leasing of two schools to the Yeshiva of Greater Washington at the same time he was working as a political adviser and fundraiser for Duncan.

Jerry Pasternak, a special assistant to Duncan (D), knew lobbyist Jack Abramoff -- a Yeshiva board member in the late 1990s and early 2000s -- from the Orthodox Jewish community and accepted his offer to help raise money for Duncan in 1998, Duncan's gubernatorial campaign manager, Scott Arceneaux, said yesterday.