Ralph Nader, perennial independent presidential candidate and once a spokesman for many liberal political issues, admitted Wednesday to working with the Republican party in 2000 to keep Al Gore out of office.
"He was basically working for the Republicans that year, and was only in the election to take votes from Al's base," said one source close to Nader's campaign that year.
Nader has long been suspected of knowingly aiding the Bush campaign, but this is the first time he has gone on record as a Republican supporter. At a press conference this morning he took credit for Bush's election, adding "You environmentalists bought it hook line and sinker."
The Republican party openly encouraged members to contribute to Nader's campaign. An investigation into a seven figure deposit in one of Nader's personal accounts was also linked to Dick Cheney's wife.
Nader has also been seen on frequent golf outings with Bush since he relinquished the presidency. Witnesses noted "a lot of chuckling and chortling" in addition to lousy score cards.
Nader ran in 2000 on an environmental campaign, after deciding against the slogan "a vote for Nader is a vote for Bush" which was apparently suggested by George W. himself.