DeLay drops out of re-election bid
The Hammer comes down for the final time. He can now spend his free time getting fitted for his orange jumpsuit. (CNN):
Rep. Tom DeLay will drop out of his re-election race, two Republican congressional sources told CNN Monday.
DeLay was forced to step down as House majority leader last year after being indicted in his home state of Texas.
DeLay told Time magazine Monday that he and his wife, Christine, had been prepared for an election battle, but that he decided Wednesday to spare his suburban Houston district the mudfest to come.
“This had become a referendum on me,” he told the magazine. “So it’s better for me to step aside and let it be a referendum on ideas, Republican values and what’s important for this district.”
I had to go swamp-dwelling to see if the Freepi were wailing…
This should end all doubt as to the reasons why the Dems went after Delay. Guilty or not, they have again run a Republican out of office on charges that would not even draw a headline in the NYTimes if it was a Democrat.
This isn’t the end of the world… frankly, all these guys stay way too long. There’s too much money in politics for a person not to be tainted after awhile – even if they’re blameless, they still have to chase after money to keep in office.
Tom needs to take a break, finish up with this annoying legal business is Texas, and figure out what he can do next with his considerable skills..
Republicans always throw their own to the wolves…..One thing you can say about the Dems is they fight for their people no matter what.
Very true – And just look how many on the right (GOP) want to jump ship on GWB when the WOT gets tough…..or look at the awful comments made toward GWB over a differing of opinion when it comes to the immigration debate (from those on the right).
How about Tom as the new White House Press Secretary? That would drive David Gregory to a drug he hasn’t tried before.
He’s backing out just weeks after winning the primary? Hmm, smells like a guilty plea is coming down to me.
True but you see the Dems no matter how wrong will go to the mat for things they care about….We have all these judges waiting and even with a 55/45 majority they wont be voted on….Delay was one of the few Reps with guts!
There’s too much money in politics for a person not to be tainted after awhile – even if they’re blameless, they still have to chase after money to keep in office.
McCain, is that you? (The only real campaign finance reform would be term limits)
Guilty of what? Being a successful leader and party fundraiser? How much money is the elegant Barack Obama raising these days?
Taking defiant swipes at “the left” and the press, he said he feels “liberated” The left may end up regreting having driven Delay from office.
they didnt fight for that fraud hackett
If it were me, every time the Dem’s accomplished something, I would make the reward taste like bitter apple. Pretty soon they would become gun shy, unable to pull the trigger, willing to leave well enough alone.
In truth I am upset with Bush on the WOT. He has been trying to pander to the liberals by handcuffing our troops instead of allowing them to win.
Let’s hope for at least that much! Damn democrats. I despise them.
$3M in his coffers! Primary finished! This reeks. This South Valley Texan not impressed. But not much of what the GOP does these days is very impressive. And I have been one of Tom’s most ardent admirers here to fore.
Even the Dems could see the picnic was short a few sandwhiches!
Look I actually like Tom DeLay. I think he was a valuable player on the GOP team, and only wish Frist and most of the other republicans had the cahones DeLay did. At the same time when the DeLay Aide pled guilty last week, guilt was obvious.
The US Senate? It’s not going to happen.
Federal prison? If Delay is lucky he’ll get a soft serve, like Martha Stewart. And just for the record, Valuable as Delay was, I don’t vote for these guys so they can make themselves wealthy. If that’s more important to them fine — Just don’t run as a republican.
Or maybe the press are about to dig some more dirt and he feels that that could harm the Republican Party more if he is running for office. After all it is less news if he has already withdrawn his nomination.
just wondering if abramoff threw him under the bus
GWB is not “right”….he has to be forced by the base to do the right thing….He is all we have and thats sad.
So….dimocrat Travis County D.A. Ronnie Earle gets his wish. Earle probably has little or no case against Delay, but was still able to hang the “INDICTED” sign around Delay’s neck for several months. What a miserable rat hack.
Fat bloated Kennedy committs involuntary manslaughter and remains in the Senate. Unfrickingbelievable.