Rep. Roy Blunt, the Republican congressman from southwest Missouri, is also the House Majority Whip.
He's also got a new title: Friend of Jack.
As in Abramoff, a bigshot lobbyist in Washington, D.C., who was indicted Thursday in Florida on fraud charges stemming from a casino-boat deal.
Abramoff has been tied to Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, the House Majority Leader (and Blunt's political bossman). But scant attention has been paid locally to the fact that Blunt is also an Abramoff friend -- apparently a pretty close one.
The New York Times reported last month that Blunt was listed as a "FOO" at Abramoff's restaurant, Signatures. That curious acronym stands for "Friend Of Owner," and with it, Blunt was able to comp meals at an eatery where a steak costs $74 and a "tasting menu" will set you back $140.
You certainly won't find anything like that in Springfield. Then again, Blunt doesn't spend a lot of time back home anymore, not since he divorced his wife and married his girlfriend, a tobacco lobbyist.
Roy knows Jack. That's not a good thing.