“I do guerrilla warfare. I paint my face and travel at night. You don’t know it’s over until you’re in a body bag.”
Ralph Eugene Reed Jr. (born June 24, 1961) is a conservative American political activist, best known as the first executive director of the Christian Coalition during the early 1990s. Failing at politics, Reed started the Faith and Freedom Coalition in June 2009.
Reed interned at the College Republican National Committee (CRNC) in the early 80’s. At the CRNC, Jack Abramoff, Norquist and Reed formed what was known as the “Abramoff-Norquist-Reed triumvirate.” Abramoff promoted Reed in 1983, appointing him to succeed Norquist as Executive Director of the CRNC.
The Triumvirate Does Siegelman
In the late nineties, one of the “triumvirate’s” most successful projects was eliminating the Democratic threat posed by popular Alabama politician and Governor, Don Siegelman. Working with Abramoff and Grover Norquist, and funded to the tune of 20M by the Mississippi Choctaw, Reed set about laundering the tribe’s gambling money through Christian organizations and churches for the Alabama GOP. The anti-gambling Alabama Christians needed to be shielded from the source of the money and Reed was adept at doing that.
Photo of Ralph Reed By Gage Skidmore – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0,