April 3, 2006
Breaking News: Tom DeLay to Give Up Seat, Will Not Seek Re-ElectionTime reports:
Rep. Tom DeLay, whose iron hold on the House Republicans melted as a lobbying corruption scandal engulfed the Capitol, told TIME that he will not seek reelection and will leave Congress within months. Taking defiant swipes at "the left" and the press, he said he feels "liberated" and vowed to pursue an aggressive speaking and organizing campaign aimed at promoting foster care, Republican candidates and a closer connection between religion and government.Spare his district the mudfest? Hogwash. He's been flinging mud everywhere since he was indicted, playing the defiant, persecuted martyr for all its worth.
This is unlike DeLay. Something serious is compelling him to give up the seat he fought tooth and nail to keep.
I think it has more to do with this:
Rudy is the second DeLay staffer to be indicted. Former aide Michael Scanlon has already pleaded guilty to fraud. Both were involved with the criminal activity of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
There's also this:
AUSTIN, Texas -- Prosecutors will try to persuade a Texas appeals court Wednesday to reinstate some of the criminal charges against Rep. Tom DeLay, who is trying to win re-election to Congress while under indictment.With his cases unresolved and possibly more to come, DeLay knows it will be an uphill battle to win back his seat, not to mention he'll have his hands full defending himself against the mounting charges.
The era of The Hammer is officially over.
Up next on the chopping block in November: the Republican House and Senate.
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