Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) has managed to steer clear of any Abramoff taint so far, and as far as we can tell he never received a dollar from Abramoff or his tribal clients. But his staff at least, was tied in to the Abramoff favor machine.
Longtime TPM readers know that we have a stack of unpublished Abramoff emails, many of which show various staffers angling for coveted seats in Abramoff's MCI Center skybox.
One staffer who came up again and again was one Anthony Miccolis of Lincoln Chafee's office.
On February 29th, 2000
, Team Abramoff member Jennifer Calvert wrote Abramoff's assistant Susan Ralston to reserve two tickets for Miccolis for the "WWF Backlash" event.
And then May 2nd, 2000
, she wrote to reserve seats for "WWF Attitude."
He signed up twice more for tickets for "WWF Raw is War
" and "WCW Starcade
You can see the emails here
. Calls to Chafee's office and Miccolis, who's now a Councilman in North Kingston, RI, were not returned.
Anyone up in Rhode Island want to get Miccolis on the record on this? Maybe he'll have a savvier PR strategy than Mark Graul