Paid to Stay At Home?

A political adviser kicks up a storm of outrage by claiming that black ministers were paid to stifle turnout

Ed Rollins must wish he had kept his big mouth shut. For years the Republican campaign consultant has been known as a compulsive truth teller with a penchant for speaking his mind even when it reflected badly on the candidate he was managing. Last week Rollins set a new standard for provocative candor by boasting that his latest electoral triumph -- Christine Todd Whitman's razor-thin victory over New Jersey Governor Jim Florio -- was largely the result of a political dirty trick.

In a breakfast meeting with Washington journalists, Rollins claimed that "street smart" New Jersey Republicans had doled out $500,000...

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