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Newt: Dump DeLay

“The Abramoff scandal has to be seen as part of a much larger and deeper problem. It’s not about lobbyist corruption. You can’t have a corrupt lobbyist without a corrupt member or corrupt staff. This was a team effort.”

Abandon ship. Newt sticks it to the Bug Man. This can’t be winning friends over on the Hill. No Freeper response on this one yet. (Bloomberg):

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives need to give up on former Majority Leader Tom DeLay and elect someone to succeed him as they try to overcome a wave of scandals, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said.

DeLay stepped down from his leadership post temporarily after being indicted in a campaign fund-raising abuse case in his home state of Texas. DeLay’s ties to indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to corrupt public officials, may cause him further difficulties.

You don’t have to render any judgment on Congressman DeLay to conclude that over the next six or eight months, he is going to be very busy and that it’s important for the House Republican Party to have an effective majority leader,” Gingrich told reporters today after a speech to the Rotary Club in Washington. “DeLay will have to defend himself. The House Republican Party has a different set of interests.”

Meanwhile, Bush, and others are dumping Abramoff-tainted money, though you have to question the Chimp can only trace $6K back to the bastard.

By the way, as far as NC politicians go, the Empty Wig and Rep. Freedom Fries have decided to unload their contributions to charity…(Charlotte Observer):

Sen. Elizabeth Dole and Rep. Walter Jones, whose campaigns each received $1,000 from Abramoff in recent years, plan to give that amount to charities.

Dole, who got the donation when she was running for the Senate in 2002, will give the money to an N.C. hunger charity, the Society of St. Andrew. “She just doesn’t want to be associated with Jack Abramoff,” said Dole spokesman Brian Nick. “When something like this happens, you just give the money (away) and move on.”

Jones, who got a contribution from Abramoff in 1999, will have a $1,000 check sent to the Pitt County Salvation Army. “(Jones) had never met Jack Abramoff and has never done anything for that money,” said Jones chief of staff Glen Downs. “Given the current situation …, why not just give it to a deserving charity? Just so it’s not an issue.”

Abramoff also gave personal contributions to Rep. Charles Taylor, R-N.C., of Brevard, and to the N.C. Republican Party. According to Federal Election Commission filings, Abramoff gave Taylor’s campaign $2,000 in 2003 and $250 in 1999. Taylor’s office did not return Observer calls Wednesday.

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