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Wednesday, September 28, 2005


house majority leader indicted

tom delay -- quite possibly one of the most corrupt politicians ever to sit in congress, which is saying a lot -- was today indicted on felony charges by a texas grand jury in an expansion of a probe into his past fundraising efforts and will step down as house majority leader.

this page has commented on delay's complete abasement here and here, as he and his minions in congress -- who surely knew this shoe would one day fall -- worked to obviate the ethics rules of their chamber to ensure that their eventual indictment would not jeopardize the totality of their influence. apparently, his power steadily declining within the house as a result of his "radioactivity", delay has been convinced that what he could now do within the rules he gutted is nonetheless not in his best interests.

UPDATE: compounding delay's indictment with senate leader frist's troubles isn't enough, it seems. in picking a successor to delay as majority leader, the gop apparently couldn't bring itself to get far enough away from its fallen angel to evade collateral damage -- missouri republican roy blunt, named surrogate leader yesterday, turns out to have been caught up in delay's illegal dealings.

Even as DeLay professed his innocence and his lawyers said they hoped to avoid having him handcuffed, fingerprinted and photographed, potential for fresh controversy surfaced.

Records on file with the Federal Election Commission show that Blunt's political action committee has paid roughly $88,000 in fees since 2003 to a consultant facing indictment in Texas in the same case as DeLay.

Keri Ann Hayes, executive director of the Rely on Your Beliefs Fund, said officials of the organization have not discussed whether to end the relationship with the consultant, Jim Ellis, in light of his indictment.

"We haven't had that conversation," she said, adding that so far, Ellis' indictment had no impact on his work.
what a tangled web we weave.

What is the point? We live in AMERICA - there is no reason that there should even be a law that prohibits contributions. And if the broke the law, so what. I am not a DeLay fan nor Republican, but this is ridiculous.

IF the left does not like DeLay's ideas, then try to come up with better ideas. More laws, legislation, and trails are rarely the answer.


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