October 4, 2007
Jack Abramoff the bully
“He was the sort of person who would walk across the street to be unpleasant to somebody,” Gold says.
Gold, who only recently trimmed his fiery-red Hessian hair, describes his high school self as “nerdy soft kid who brings his cello to class.” Abramoff, legend has it, was the bulked-up jock who could squat over 500 pounds.
“In my most notable instance, I was walking down the hall to history class, and he hip-checked me ... I went sailing down the stairs with my cello,” Gold says. “He was laughing about it with his friends. I suspect he forgot about it five minutes later. I didn’t.”
Abramoff’s demise was a long-time coming, and was indicative of the corrupt influence of K Street on Congress. The most amazing comment Abramoff, an Orthodox Jew, gave during his downfall was to The Jewish Journal: