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Tom Delay is as crooked as they come

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posted on Oct, 18 2004 @ 12:40 PM
For those who don't live in Texas and who don't know who Tom Delay is, you're in for a real treat.

Tom DeLay, Ethical Recidivist
Friday, October 8, 2004; Page A34

IT'S TAKEN TOO long, but House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's shady ethics may finally be catching up to him. For the second time in less than a week, the previously somnolent House ethics committee has rebuked the Texas Republican. This time it admonished Mr. DeLay for holding a golf fundraiser for energy companies just as the House was to consider energy legislation and for drafting Federal Aviation Administration officials to look for fleeing Texas state legislators -- Democrats who were foiling Mr. DeLay's plan to redistrict the state and thereby cement his party's hold on the House. Last week, the committee rebuked Mr. DeLay for offering to endorse the son of retiring Rep. Nick Smith (R-Mich.) in exchange for Mr. Smith's vote on the Medicare prescription drug bill.

But, as the TV hucksters would say, wait, that's not all. Mr. DeLay was chastised by the committee in 1999 for his heavy-handed and inappropriate intervention in a trade group's hiring of a retiring Democratic congressman; Mr. DeLay, with his usual delicacy, had threatened legislative retaliation if the group dared to give the job to a member of the opposition.


Tom DeLay's Self-Ruination

The overweening partisanship that drives Tom DeLay's dominance as the House majority leader is threatening to unravel his career. For the second time in a week, the normally timid ethics committee has admonished Mr. DeLay, finding that he exceeded acceptable conduct in the heated pursuit of corporate donations and in engineering an unfair edge over rival Democrats. For all his clout, the panel warned Mr. DeLay, a Texas Republican, to "temper your future actions" or face graver chastisement.

The bipartisan rebuke is extraordinary, but it hardly puts to rest Mr. DeLay's use of power as a partisan cudgel. The panel only bolstered the case for an outside counsel to investigate his ethical lapses. The most serious charge by the Democrats - that Mr. DeLay illegally laundered campaign money to help Texas Republicans - was put aside by the ethics panel because of a state investigation in which three DeLay aides have been indicted.

Mr. DeLay was faulted for fund-raising at a golf tournament run by an energy company whose lobbyists curried special favors in a pending energy bill. He was also rebuked for siccing federal investigators onto Democratic state legislators who had fled Texas in an attempt to stall a gerrymandering plan he had orchestrated to bolster his edge in Washington. Last week, the ethics panel admonished Mr. DeLay for excessive arm-twisting as the Medicare prescription bill foundered last year: he privately offered to help the political career of a wavering Republican's son. Five years earlier, Mr. DeLay, ever the tooth-and-claw partisan, drew a rebuke for warning a trade group not to hire a Democrat as its top Washington lobbyist.

Mr. DeLay has dismissed all the complaints as rooted in the "venom" of partisan Democrats opposed to his legitimate pursuit of the G.O.P.'s agenda. The ethics panel, however, warned that "overaggressive pursuit" of that agenda "does not constitute a mitigating factor" for his abusive behavior. This amounts to a warning for a tainted and much feared leader to either straighten up or step aside.


This guy has got to go. He has no business being in government. The power of government has clearly made him a corrupt individual. It's against the law to launder money illegally to finance your campaign.

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