Tue., October 5, 2010 4:33pm (EDT)

Indicted Lobbyist Has Ties To Georgia
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
One of the lobbyists indicted yesterday in Alabama in an alleged bribery scheme to influence lawmakers has ties to Georgia.

Jarrell “Jay” Walker worked for ousted house speaker Glenn Richardson from 2004 to 2006. After that he lobbied under the gold dome. He was also a political strategist for Mike Keown, A Republican who is running against U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop.

Tom Crawford, editor of the Georgia report says Walker’s indictment could effect Keown's campaign.

“It raises questions about mike Keown’s judgment,” Crawford says. “ Why would you hire someone for your campaign who is allegedly involved in such things in Alabama? Should Mike Keown have known about this before hiring him on for his campaign?”

Keown’s campaign issued a statement saying they are troubled by the allegations and that Walker no longer works for them. Walker was one of at least 11 people indicted on federal charges of conspiracy, bribery and honest service fraud in Alabama this week.