posted on Mar, 14 2005 @ 01:39 AM
Previously dismissed as partisan attacks, ethics questions about House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is starting to worry those in his own party. Last
weeks revelations about ties to lobbyists and overseas travel are the latest. The Democrats are stepping up attacks and have prevented the ethics
committee from adopting rules thus preventing its function as a sign of protest.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) has dismissed questions about his ethics as partisan attacks, but revelations last week about his overseas
travel and ties to lobbyists under investigation have emboldened Democrats and provoked worry among Republicans.
With some members increasingly concerned that DeLay had left himself vulnerable to attack, several Republican aides and lobbyists said for the first
time that they are worried about whether he will survive and what the consequences could be for the party's image.
"If death comes from a thousand cuts, Tom DeLay is into a couple hundred, and it's getting up there," said a Republican political consultant close to
key lawmakers. "The situation is negatively fluid right now for the guy. You start hitting arteries, it only takes a couple." The consultant, who at
times has been a DeLay ally, spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying he could not be candid otherwise.
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One has to wonder how much Delay can withstand. Clearly the Democrats are sensing blood in the water and they have set thier sights on Delay. Since
the GOP holds most of the cards for at least the next 2 years, the Democrats will be taking whatever action they can. If Delay is indicted he needs to
step down plain and simple. The number of charges and evidence seems to be moving behind the motivations of a Democratic DA.