Wednesday, September 28, 2005
It couldn't have happened to a better guy. I was delighted to hear the news today about House Majority Leader Tom DeLay being forced to step down (at least temporarily) from his leadership position due to a Texas grand jury indictment on conspiracy to violate political fundraising laws. While DeLay is probably right in claiming that the Texas District Attorney has political motivations, that doesn't mean that the charge is baseless. (I'm hoping DA Earle has the goods to make it stick.) While I can't know whether this particular charge is true, I certainly share Congressman Henry Waxman's feeling that "where there's smoke, there's fire", and there's sure been a lot of smoke around DeLay for years. I've had a whiff of that since at least two years ago when DeLay hammered through the shamelessly partisan, dubiously ethical Texas "re-redistricting". (Note to California voters: that Texas travesty is a great example of why we should vote Yes on Prop 77.) I'm sure there's been a lot of dirt that just hasn't been pinned to Congressman DeLay, so anything they can make stick is fine by me. With the sort of leadership that Tom "no more fat" DeLay has been exhibiting lately, even some conservatives won't be too sorry to see him go.
Posted by Tom Chatt at 10:45 PM