Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jack Abramoff Is Making Dough

Jack Abramoff, the one-time lobbyist and darling of many GOP senators and congresspeople, is working in a pizza parlor in Baltimore as a part of his release after serving three and a half years in prison for fraud, corruption, and conspiracy.

He has so far stayed largely cloistered in a back office. He will work about 40 hours a week, said the owner, Ron Rosenbluth. He comes in around 10:30 a.m., leaves around 5:30 p.m., and wears a yarmulke to work, as many of the male customers and employees here do. He earns between $7.50 and $10 an hour (“or a little less than what he used to make”). He has been responsible, punctual, courteous. “He is not the monster he has been portrayed as,” Mr. Rosenbluth said.

Everybody deserves a second chance, right?