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April 04, 2006 08:00 AM UTC

DeLay Will Resign, Won't Run for Re-Election

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  • by: Colorado Pols

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will resign from Congress and not run for re-election in the fall, reportedly out of fear that he would lose to Democratic challenger Nick Lampson. While Democrats may be happy to see DeLay go, they’ll have a harder time wrestling that seat from Republican control without DeLay there to beat on.

From the Associated Press:

Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay intends to resign from Congress within weeks, closing out a career that blended unflinching conservatism with a bare-knuckled political style. Republican officials said Monday night they expect the Texan to quit his seat later this spring. He was first elected in 1984, and conceded he faced a difficult race for re-election… ?

…A formal announcement of DeLay’s plans was expected Tuesday at a Houston news conference. Early Tuesday morning, DeLay emerged from his nearby Sugar Land home, greeted reporters and photographers but did not respond to questions. “I’ll see y’all later,” DeLay said, as he got into a waiting car and was driven away. ?

In a video statement made available to television news networks late Monday, DeLay blamed “liberal Democrats” for making his re-election campaign largely a negative one. “I refuse to allow liberal Democrats an opportunity to steal this seat with a negative personal campaign,” DeLay said. “The voters of the 22nd district of Texas deserve a campaign about the vital national issues that they care most about and that affect their lives every day and not a campaign focused solely as a referendum on me.”

DeLay is under indictment in Texas as part of an investigation into the allegedly illegal use of funds for state legislative races. Separately, the Texan’s ties with lobbyist Jack Abramoff caused him to formally surrender his post as majority leader in January, within days after the lobbyist entered into a plea bargain as part of a federal congressional corruption probe.

More recently, former DeLay aide Tony Rudy said he had conspired with Abramoff and others to corrupt public officials, and he promised to help the broad federal investigation of bribery and lobbying fraud that already has resulted in three convictions.

Neither Rudy, Abramoff nor anyone else connected with the investigation has publicly accused DeLay of breaking the law, but Rudy confessed that he had taken actions while working in the majority leader’s office that were illegal. DeLay has consistently denied all wrongdoing, and he capped a triumph in a contested GOP primary earlier this year with a vow to win re-election.

In an interview Monday with The Galveston County Daily News in Texas, DeLay said his change of mind was based partly on a poll taken after the March Republican primary that showed him only narrowly ahead of Democrat Nick Lampson. “Even though I thought I could win, it was a little too risky,” the paper quoted him as saying.

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43 thoughts on “DeLay Will Resign, Won’t Run for Re-Election

  1. “DeLay is under indictment in Texas as part of an investigation into the allegedly illegal use of funds for state legislative races. Separately, the Texan’s ties with lobbyist Jack Abramoff caused him to formally surrender his post as majority leader in January, within days after the lobbyist entered into a plea bargain as part of a federal congressional corruption probe.”

    DeLay’s response? “Damn that liberal media for ganging up on me. It’s all a liberal conspiracy.” Would it be cynical of me to suggest that your $500.00 an hourlegal spin/advice is wearing kind of thin these days, Tommy Boy?

    What a paragon of virtue. He’ll be sorely missed, I’m sure.

  2. No doubt that ‘middle of the road’ (snort, chuckle) had the same response to the “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” brought up by Clinton & Co.

    At least DeLay has done what should be done… resign.  Let me know if he’s ever found guilty of any wrongdoing, will you?

    Now, let’s see – A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday (March 28, 2006) that Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) broke the law 10 years ago when he passed to reporters an illegally recorded telephone conservation between then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his top lieutenants.

    McDermott broke the law.  Think he’ll resign?

    A few days ago, Cynthia McKinney, (D-GA) assaulated a police officer. 

    Does anyone think she’ll resign?

  3. This is bad.
    DeLay won his Primary last month in Texas by a landslide, even when one of his buddies in the Texas equivilent to Colorado’s 7th CD got rolled as an incumbent by a elementary school teacher. His District was not looking for a change even with all of the bad press. Something big must be coming down the pipe to make him want to jump out of the way.

  4. It’s bad all right, but not for the reasons you suggest.

    I think almost any Democrat could have beaten DeLay in November.

    However, the district is rather well gerrymandered, even if DeLay gave up some potential Republican votes to sweeten the districts of others.

    I think the district is still Republican enough so that a generic Republican can beat a good Democrat.  With DeLay out of the picture, that is much more likely to happen.

    I believe that, and only that, was DeLay’s motivation for stepping down.

  5. I’d agree with that, Ralph, if he’d have resigned a few months’ ago… which would have given another GOPer time to campaign.

    But, hello?  They’ve already held their primary!

  6. And now the very latest on Cynthia McKinney:

    McKinney Admits “Error” With Taxpayer Money

    POSTED: 4:21 pm EST March 29, 2006
    UPDATED: 12:40 pm EDT April 4, 2006

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Cynthia McKinney admits that she broke government rules by spending money to fly a celebrity to Atlanta.

    Channel 2 Action News has uncovered documents showing McKinney, D-Ga., spent about $1,000 of taxpayer’s money to fly singer Isaac Hayes to Georgia to help dedicate a new office in Atlanta.

    The money came from a fund members of Congress are supposed to use for office supplies.

    ************

    Think she’ll resign?

  7. BMR,

    Good job bringing up McDermott.  The good folks here at CP are quick to bring up Republicans and conservatives as fodder, but they seem to have a “hands-off” approach to the Leftists.

    Heck, as much as they bring up Welker, you’d think he stood CP up for a dinner date.

  8. When the legal process finishes with McDermott or McKinney, they’ll do what’s required of them. Delay did what was required of him.

    Was Delay required to set up a corporate labor gulag on an island where abortions were forced on poor women to keep them working at slave wages?

    I’m not going to recite the long list of slimey transgressions of Delay. In no way does he compare with McKinney or McDermott. NO WAY! To try to compare the three is completely off the wall. As usual, BMR is up a tree and howling at the moon.

  9. How much money has Beauprez received from Tom DeLay for his gov campaign???? 

    Will BB return that money, along with the funds he received as Congressman from DeLay????

  10. Delay reminds me of Nixon, “I’m not a crook,” with a wave of a hand as he repeats the comment.  Note: as he waves, he has one hand in the cookie jar, with the other hand holding the BIble.  What a hypocrite.

  11. When the legal process finishes with McDermott or McKinney, they’ll do what’s required of them. Delay did what was required of him.
    ****************************
    ROFL

    McDermott’s case has been on for 10 years.  His (final?) appeal was just tossed.  Think he’ll resign?

    DeLay’s case is just beginning.  He’s resigned.

    And since Harry Reid has also benefitted from the Abramoff tainted funds, when will he ‘step down’ from his Senate Minority Leader position, and then resign?

    Yep, the DNC parrots with their ‘culture of corruption’ are simply hilarious in their hypocrisy.

    McKinney assaulted a police officer.  No one disputes that.  (Well, SHE tried to dispute it, but those pesky witnesses put a quick end to that).  She’s a disgrace, plain and simple, and now she’s a lawbreaker – twice over.  Think she’ll resign?

  12. Since liberals seem to have such convenient memories:

    …………………..

    Reid Aided Abramoff Clients, Records Show
    Feb 09 4:17 PM US/Eastern

    By JOHN SOLOMON and SHARON THEIMER
    Associated Press Writers

    Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid wrote at least four letters helpful to Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff, and the senator’s staff regularly had contact with the disgraced lobbyist’s team about legislation affecting other clients.

    The activities _ detailed in billing records and correspondence obtained by The Associated Press _ are far more extensive than previously disclosed. They occurred over three years as Reid collected nearly $68,000 in donations from Abramoff’s firm, lobbying partners and clients.

  13. Hurray, Hurray, It’s Farewell to Delay,
    For the “Hammer of Hubris” has Fallin’!

    I disagree that this will make it harder for the dems to pick up that seat.  From what I have read from other blogs, the fella that they are choosing as Delay’s replacement is the current mayor of sugarland and is known as a close associat of Delay, and a Delay clone.  If the voters are in the mood for a change, it won’t be this guy.

    Either his legal prospects are looking grim in the near future or there is something major comming down the pipe (Abramof?)to make this happen.

  14. Will BB return that money, along with the funds he received as Congressman from DeLay????

    ***************

    Why should he?  Since when are campaign contributions illegal?

  15. Someone can’t handle the heat obviously, and he’s not even in the hot seat.  BMR, do you have guilty conscience and need to confess something to us all? 

    From the party that preaches self-governance and personal responsibility, these guys can not even come clean and admit their faults when caught, on copious occasions, but instead place blame else where.  And the lesson taught here is?  Do as I say, not as I do?

    Sure, we believe you, it’s “always” someone else’s fault.  Keep up the crying game, because it’s not working!

  16. BMR, do you have guilty conscience and need to confess something to us all?

    **************

    ROFL….  what?

    What in the world are you talking about?  Where have I once even said this wasn’t DeLay’s fault?  Where?  Please, read again.  You won’t find it there.  I don’t what you mean by a ‘crying game’.  The only thing I’m hearing from Hypocrisy Central are the chirping crickets.

  17. “At least DeLay has done what should be done… resign. Let me know if he’s ever found guilty of any wrongdoing, will you?”

    ******************************************************

    Yeah, BMR, and he did it SUCH a timely fashion, too. Do you even believe the shit you post? It never ceases to amuse me that you feel so obligated to bring up every scandal that took place since the ’90s’ but can’t quite address the issues at hand. I’ll be sure to let you know if he’s found guilty. It will be my pleasure.

  18. BMR, Oops, in my haste to gloat, I forgot to mention that I agree with you regarding McKinney. Clean house–send every unethical fucker to the unemployment line. I don’t care what party letter sits after their names. And, in the interest of honesty, I really don’t know the details on McDermott’s case but if he broke the law, you bet. I’m all for equal-opportunity firing.

  19. Yeah, BMR, and he did it SUCH a timely fashion, too. Do you even believe the shit you post? It never ceases to amuse me that you feel so obligated to bring up every scandal that took place since the ’90s’ but can’t quite address the issues at hand.

    ************

    The issue at hand is the unmitigated hypocrisy.  On a daily basis, we keep hearing the DNC-generated line about the “culture of corruption” and how the DNC & the Lemmings point to the “GOP scandal”.

    And McDermott’s case IS timely – if you’d like to read the article I linked (read it again – for the very first time) the appeal was just rejected a few days ago.  Harry Reid has been one of the most shrill of DeLay’s critics, and yet, HE, TOO is up to his eyeballs with Abramoff.  I only feel “obligated” to bring up the corruption because the hypocrisy from the left is so deep, someone’s got to do point it out from time to time.  I’m only too happy to oblige.

  20. Actually NO, the issue at hand is DeLay’s crimes and his yellow belly tactic of running away from his problems.  The man “will be” convicted as a felon, and he can only think about saving his own skin, so he blames a left wing conspiracy. 

    BMR wants to the change the subject out of his own embarassment of this GOP scandal.  Like I said, keep playing the crying game, since it’s not working and we all get a laugh out your back peddling statements to defend a crook. 

    Again, just a reminder, the issue at hand is DeLay and his crimes!

  21. LOL, ‘try again’. 

    It’s always fun when Howard Dean drops in to comment on COPols.

    I’m ‘back peddling’ ?  From what?  ROFL

  22. A post redux, just for ‘try again’ :

    Reid Aided Abramoff Clients, Records Show
    Feb 09 4:17 PM US/Eastern

    By JOHN SOLOMON and SHARON THEIMER
    Associated Press Writers

    Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid wrote at least four letters helpful to Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff, and the senator’s staff regularly had contact with the disgraced lobbyist’s team about legislation affecting other clients.

    The activities _ detailed in billing records and correspondence obtained by The Associated Press _ are far more extensive than previously disclosed. They occurred over three years as Reid collected nearly $68,000 in donations from Abramoff’s firm, lobbying partners and clients.

    **************

    So when did Harry Reid join the GOP?

  23. Thanks for the links.

    I read the purported Abramoff-Reid one and the whole story debunks your theory, from the very link you sent me and puts AP’s reputation for both articles in question.

    Bloggers, have a read. BMR, are you secretly working for our side? Hmmmm?

    I’m off to read the other one.

    And seriously, thanks for taking the time to forward both. I feel much better about Harry Reid now, thanks to you.

  24. From Media Matters link, “Nowhere in the new article can the AP writers bring themselves to note that Reid never adopted Abramoff’s clients’ position on the issue. So whatever quids Abramoff’s folks were offering up, Reid never gave them a quo. From start to finish he was the co-sponsor of the bill Abramoff’s clients wanted to defeat.”

    And now, back to Tommy boy.

  25. It’s been clear for a long, long time that BMR is a Republican apologist of the most egregious kind. He has no legitimacy, no vision, no soul, no American values and can be moved into the IGNORE column. Or, if you like, the FOR IGNORANT READERS ONLY column. Who does he think he or she is kidding?

  26. Badmoonrising:

    By holding off his resignation as long as he could, he was able to raise money; much of it donated (and very little spent) in the Primary cycle.  By resigning and moving out of his district before August, his name is automatically removed from the ballot.  The governor can call for a special election to fill his vacant seat; an election that will most likely be won by a generic republican who doesn’t have to do penance for DeLay’s sins.

    However, DeLay gets to keep his campaign kitty and spend it on his legal fees.  Perfectly OK according to Federal campaign finance rules.  The only people out any money are the people of Texas, who will have to foot the bill for a special election.  Since when did DeLay ever care about the people of Texas as long as he was able to put money in his own pocket?

  27. Middle, try again:

    ROFL.  But not to worry, I’m laughing AT you, not with you.  ;^)

    Tell us all about Reid’s constituents in Malaysia.  LOL

    As usual, one must carefully parse Reid’s words:  “I never accepted money directly from Abramoff.” 

    Or in Howard Dean’s words, “not one dime” went to Democrats.  (So the DNC’s lemmings are left to either nod their heads in agreement, while anyone with an IQ above room temperature will understand that Abramoff wasn’t literally handing out 10-cent coins).

  28. Re:  BMR posts: 

    “He has no legitimacy, no vision, no soul, no American values”

    Try debating his points Oy, negative rhetoric does nothing to further your opinion.

    “FOR IGNORANT READERS ONLY column. Who does he think he or she is kidding?”

    He/she must be kidding me, so put me in the “Ignorant Readers Only” column. I rather enjoy BMR’s posts.

  29. “Try debating his points Oy”

    *********

    When has that ever mattered? 

    A couple of gems from the DNC Chairman, relating to the Abramoff affair:

    DNC Chair Howard Dean, January 8, 2006- “The Democrats are not involved in this.”

    DNC Chair Howard Dean, January 29, 2006- “That’s A Big Problem, And Those Democrats Are In Trouble, And They Should Be In Trouble.”

    FYI:  Dean specifically stated it was ‘a big problem’ if any Democrats wrote letters on behalf of Abramoff Indian tribes, which is exactly what Harry Reid and other Democrats did.  And in return, Reid received $68,000 from those tribes – all clients of Abramoff.

  30. The only people out any money are the people of Texas, who will have to foot the bill for a special election.

    — Ralph

    *****************

    Not quite, Ralph. 

    The issue of who will represent the Republican-leaning district between DeLay’s departure and the election is unclear.

    If DeLay had resigned effective this week, Gov. Rick Perry could have called a special election for the next uniform election date, May 13. The next uniform election date is Nov. 7, though Perry could call an emergency special election before then.

    “Until we know specifically when he plans to resign his seat, there are too many moving parts to say what will happen,” Perry spokeswoman Kathy Walt said.

    A committee of select precinct chairmen from the four counties that comprise DeLay’s 22nd Congressional District will select a nominee to replace him.

  31. Badmoon:  You still haven’t told me how the people of Texas aren’t getting screwed by DeLay’s indiscretions and subsequent follow-up strategy to pocket his campaign money.  I have a feeling that we agree on more than we disagree on.

  32. “…much of it donated (and very little spent) in the Primary cycle. “
    — Ralph

    Ralph, tell me what money they’re out.  Tell us how much was donated “and very little spent”.

    You do realize that Texas has already held their primary, do you not?

    You seem to be making some assumptions about the current state of DeLay’s campaign funds.  Do you have any actual data to back up what you’re saying?

  33. Badmoon, here’s DeLay’s latest FEC filing:

    H4TX22023 DELAY, THOMAS DALE House
    Texas 22 Republican Party Incumbent

    Total Receipts: $3,227,775
    Transfers From Authorized Committees: $0
    Individual Contributions: $1,935,224
    Non-Party (e.g. PACs) or Other Committees: $1,154,057
    Contributions from Party Committees $0
    Candidate Contribution: $0
    Candidate Loans: $100,000
    Other Loans: $0

    Total Disbursements: $2,000,701
    Transfers to Authorized Committees: $0
    Individual Refunds: $19,275
    Non-Party (e.g. PACs) or Other Refunds: $2,000
    Candidate Loan Repayments: $99,999
    Other Loan Repayments: $0

    Beginning Cash: $68,278
    Latest Cash On Hand: $1,295,350
    Debts Owed By: $109,557

    It’s about 6 weeks old, but I suggest that a million-three is a pretty healthy chunk of change with which to pay his lawyers.

  34. Gee, laughing AT me, not WITH me? Bummer. I’m heartbroken by your rejection.

    Not quit your crying and take it like a man. YOU’RE the one that sent us all the link that debunks your Reid tirade.

    Don’t shoot the messenger here, BMR, unless you’re into self-inflicted injuries.

  35. Still ROFL MOTR.  Not shooting the messenger – you’re shooting yourself!  The reason I posted the ‘Media Matters’ article is that it does just what you liberals do:  IGNORE THE OBVIOUS.  Read it again, then go back and read articles where Reid denied having anything to do with Abramoff. 

    LOL

    Ralph:  You’ve done good.  Well, I’d give you a B-, maybe a C+.  You see, you’ve chosen to focus on what DeLay has raised.  Nothing wrong with that, but you’ve left out the half of the equation, and that’s where your “much of it donated and very little spent” argument falls flat on its face.

    Note the “disbursements”:  just a whisker over $2,000,000, leaving him with about $1.3MM, with debts owed of nearly $110,000.

    So spending 2/3 of the cash he raised is nowhere near your “very little spent” bit.  And how long do you think his remaining $1.2MM is going to get with his lawyers?  And as you said, there is nothing illegal about him keeping it – unless, of course, those donors demand repayment.

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