September 28, 2005
DeLay Indicted"Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences." -- Robert Louis Stevenson
From the A.P.:
WASHINGTON - A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, forcing the House majority leader to temporarily relinquish his post.DeLay had to give up his House Majority Leader position based on a rule requiring congressional leaders to step aside if indicted. He and the Republican dominated Congress actually chucked this rule last year but had to reinstate it because of intense pressure and possible voter backlash.
DeLay spokesman Kevin Madden laid down the emerging Republican talking point, charging that this indictment instigated by Texas District Attorney Ronnie Earle -- who is a Democrat -- is "politically motivated". A ridiculous charge, considering that 11 of the last 15 politicians Earle has prosecuted are Democrats.
In fact, DeLay has been mired in ethical violations and questionable political activities for quite some time. He was admonished by the Ethics Committee last year for three separate counts of ethical misconduct. He had a long-term association with lobbyist Jack Abramoff who has been indicted on fraud charges. He tops the list of the 13 most corrupt members of Congress compiled by CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington). This indictment is just DeLay's banquet of consequences that was long in coming.
I wonder who would sit at this banquet along with DeLay. Frist? Rove? This could just be the beginning.
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