Former Pombo Aide and Abramoff Skybox Enthusiast Joins Steele Campaign

Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele (R) is making a run for Senate there. The GOP loves him – he is after all, that rare thing, a Republican African-American, and there are signs he’s finding his way into the GOP machine.

Today, Roll Call reports that he’s just picked up Doug Heye as his communications director. Who’s Doug Heye? Well, he comes to Steele by way of Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC). Before that, he worked for Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA), who’s very close to Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff. TPM’s cache of Abramoff emails showed Heye frequently using Abramoff’s skybox back in 2000.