The Hits Just Keep On Coming
Another day, another shady Jim Walsh connection. Today is it Cassidy & Associates. A Cassidy top lobbyist, Todd Boulanger has close ties to both Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay. Now Cassidy's contract with the state of Texas is being called, "cronyism at its worst."
And of course, Mr. Walsh has a very close relationship with Cassidy & Associates:
- Jim has taken over $55,000 from Cassidy lobbyists in political donations, making them Walsh third largest contributor of all time. (Source)
- Cassidy lobbyists were the top contributor to Jim in the 2000 election cycle giving him over $16,000. (Source)
- Cassidy lobbyists came in a close second behind Pyramid as Jim's top contributor in the 2004 cycle, giving him over $14,500. (Source)
It turns out this story has another local connection as well though.
Tony Rudy, a former aide to Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), introduced Boulanger to his future wife, Jessica Incitto, a former Syracuse cheerleader who has worked for DeLay and GOP Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (Ohio).
Jessica Incitto Boulanger serves as Tom DeLay Mini-Me Roy Blunt's Press Secretary now. But the question is, did Incitto intern with Mr. Walsh during her time at SU?