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April 7, 2005
DeLay Roundup

First, here's a nice little summary of the trouble DeLay is in, from the LA Times.

DeLay's troubles began last year, when the ethics committee — the only House panel divided equally between Republicans and Democrats — admonished him three times for using strong-arm political tactics.

The rebukes were unanimous, but DeLay said they were politically motivated.

The House leadership subsequently removed Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.) as the committee's chairman, installed three new Republican members — including two who have donated to DeLay's legal defense fund — and rewrote the committee's rules.

In Texas, three DeLay aides are on trial on charges of campaign-finance violations related to corporate donations to a DeLay political action committee that funneled money to Republican candidates for the state Legislature.

DeLay also has been on the defensive about his relationship with Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist who was close to DeLay and is under investigation by a federal grand jury on suspicion of fraud and public corruption related to his representation of Indian gaming interests.

Investigations are pending before the ethics committee about trips DeLay took to South Korea and Britain that may have been improperly paid for, in one instance by Abramoff and in another by an entity registered as a foreign agent. DeLay has denied that he did anything wrong.

Los Angeles Times

My favorite line: "The rebukes were unanimous, but DeLay said they were politically motivated."

Republicans, naturally, insist that all this is just a political trick of some kind, Democrats have somehow caused all of this to happen.

DeLay, for his part, is just running around accusing everyone he sees as being part of some vast conspiracy to make him appear to be an unethical scumbag.

On CNN yesterday he called it "just another seedy attempt by the liberal media to embarrass me."

Many Republican lawmakers are standing up to defend DeLay. Roy Blunt of Missouri had this to say: "The things that Tom has been criticized about in one way or another every member of Congress could be criticized about."

Hey! That's awesome! You know what? Maybe all of you lying ass sons of bitches should be indicted then! What the hell is the matter with you?

It's no wonder Republican members are rallying to DeLay's side, as they've been publicly threatened with loss of major support if they don't...

"You and I must do all we can to make sure any politician who hopes to have conservative support … had better be in the forefront as we attack those who attack Tom DeLay."

Morton C. Blackwell

LA Times

As for the grand conspiracy against DeLay, Nancy Pelosi, that paragon of liberal attack dog politics herself, weighed in...

"I can't comment on this. A, I didn't read about them and, B, the specifics of any ethical behavior I think are the proper responsibility of the House Ethics Committee."

New York Times

Whoa there! Take it easy, you wild-eyed, angry liberal!

UPDATE :: Here's a nice roundup of editorials from around the country on DeLay. Summary: He's not so popular.

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