In a beautiful example of Where Are They Now for businessmen, former con artist and lobbyist extraordinaire Jack Abramoff is now a pizza boy. (In deference to pizza boys, I’m not sure whether Abramoff actually delivers. The better term might be “pizza employee.”) The Guardian has more:
Once a high-powered Washington lobbyist who hobnobbed with George Bush and other top Republicans, Jack Abramoff is now working at a kosher pizza restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, it emerged today.
Abramoff started working at Tov Pizza on Monday after his release this month from prison in Maryland, where he had served a three-and-a-half year sentence for fraud, corruption and conspiracy.
The Abramoff lobbying scandal helped the Democratic party regain Congress as Republicans were hit by accusations of sleaze. Abramoff pleaded guilty in January 2006 to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials by showering them with gifts.
Abramoff had a direct pipeline to the Bush White House and influenced several key decisions, according to a bipartisan congressional report released in 2008.
I can’t wait to see where Madoff goes after they let him out (assuming it’s not straight to a nursing home).