Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Former GOP congressman (who supported Kerry) leads effort to oust DeLay
Houston Chronicle ^ | April 16, 2005 | GEBE MARTINEZ

Posted on 04/16/2005 12:29:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

WASHINGTON - A former Republican congressman who was a moderate ally of former President Bush is leading an effort to find a 2006 Republican primary election opponent for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Former Rep. Pete McCloskey, whose eight terms in Congress ended before DeLay arrived in 1984, said Friday that he will meet in Houston this month with perennial DeLay opponent Michael Fjetland and "any Republican who is willing to challenge Mr. DeLay."

"It takes guts to challenge him," said McCloskey, who was known as a party maverick and endorsed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004.

But, he said, he and moderate allies are embarrassed by the controversies surrounding DeLay, R-Sugar Land, including three admonishments of him last year by the House Ethics Committee.

"The stench coming out of the DeLay operation" does not represent the GOP that he served with in Congress, McCloskey said.

He called his effort the "revolt of the elders."

McCloskey and nine other Republicans who are former House members complained in a letter delivered Friday to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., that recent changes in House ethics rules were an obvious move to protect DeLay.

The new rules, drawn up by Republican leaders, make it harder to pursue ethics investigations against lawmakers. DeLay and his backers argue they make the process fairer to the member under review.

A spokesman for DeLay dismissed McCloskey's effort to unseat the leader.

"Republicans from across the district as well as across the country and within the (GOP) conference have been rallying around Majority Leader DeLay because of his effective leadership," Dan Allen said.

President Bush called DeLay a very effective leader this week and applauded his offer to answer questions about his conduct to the ethics committee.

McCloskey said he plans to meet Fjetland to learn more about DeLay's solidly Republican 22nd Congressional District, which covers most of the southern suburbs of Houston.

Fjetland first ran against DeLay in the 2000 GOP primary and received 16.7 percent of the vote. He challenged DeLay again in 2002 and won 20 percent of the vote.

After the 2002 redistricting, Fjetland ran as an independent and received 2 percent of the vote in the 2004 general election. Democrat Richard Morrison got 41 percent. DeLay won with 55 percent, his lowest showing in recent elections.

McCloskey said GOP moderates are concerned with the harsh partisan tone in Washington and the party's move to the right, which has been critical to the GOP's success in recent elections.

_____________________________________________________________

These Republicans who are former congressmen signed a letter criticizing House ethics committee rules changes put into place by Republican leaders after the panel admonished Houston Majority Leader Tom DeLay:

• Mark Andrews, North Dakota

•John H. Buchanan, Alabama

• M. Caldwell Butler, Virginia

• Paul Findley, Illinois

• Bud Hillis, Indiana

•J ames Johnson, Colorado

• Richard W. Mallary, Vermont

• Wiley Mayne, Iowa

• G. William Whitehurst, Virginia

• Pete McCloskey, California


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: backstabbers; delay; electionushouse; houstonpravda; liberals; petemccloskey; propagandawingofdnc; rinos; texas; tomdelay; turncoats; ushouse
It looks like people who weren't good enough, are grudge holders and LIBERALS.

THE RULE CHANGES:

............. Among the rules changes the House approved Jan. 4 — in a 220-195 vote, with no Democrats in favor of the change — two have been most contentious.

The first rule places a limit on the amount of time the committee may consider an ethics case before it is summarily dismissed. Mr. DeLay said that under the old rules, Democrats would trap an accused Republican member in a "limbo" for an unlimited period before exonerating him. Mr. Mollohan said those limits damage any hopes of a thorough investigation.

The second contentious rule gives a member — and witnesses — greater latitude in choosing an attorney. Mr. DeLay said that is a basic matter of due process. Mr. Mollohan said it will allow the accused and witnesses to hire the same lawyer, which would allow for greater collaboration among subjects of an investigation. ..............

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1384160/posts

AND

.......Among the changes is a requirement that a majority of the ethics panel -- which has equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats -- must approve an investigation before it proceeds. ....

http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050330-021952-9669r.htm

1 posted on 04/16/2005 12:29:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

An excellent article going over exactly why the Dems are after Tom DeLay:


Assault on DeLay is All About Politics

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1384832/posts


2 posted on 04/16/2005 12:41:38 AM PDT by FairOpinion
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FairOpinion

Thanks!

From your LINK:

***....Many of the recent news "scoops" that have been running on the front pages of major newspapers are little more than rehashed accusations that have appeared elsewhere. Despite sensational headlines and hyper-inflated allegations, these stories fail utterly to provide evidence of any wrongdoing by Tom DeLay....***


3 posted on 04/16/2005 12:43:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

Pete McCloskey?!

McCloskey hates Pat Robertson, hates Jews, calls gay marriage a made-up "red herring" issue, and claims that General Patton's son cut the ears off of VC in Vietnam.

Oh, and he endorsed Senator Kerry over GWB for President.

What's his story? McCloskey was the victim of a Nixon/Buchanon dirty trick. McCloskey ran against Nixon in the GOP primaries back in 1972, and the Nixon plumbers arranged a "donation" to be made to his campaign from a gay group.

Dirty pool. McCloskey's been bitter against his own Party ever since.

4 posted on 04/16/2005 12:43:52 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Southack

Interesting information.


5 posted on 04/16/2005 12:48:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

"These Republicans who are former congressmen signed a letter criticizing House ethics committee rules changes put into place by Republican leaders after the panel admonished Houston Majority Leader Tom DeLay:

"• Mark Andrews, North Dakota"

I don't know what his problem is, though Andrews is the last Republican ever elected to a federal office in ND, and that was 25 years ago (perhaps now we know why).

"•John H. Buchanan, Alabama"

Buchanan jumped the shark in the late '70s after having started out elected a Goldwaterite in '64. After being taken out in a GOP primary in 1980, he took over the radical-leftist group "People For The American Way."

"• M. Caldwell Butler, Virginia"

Butler an old-line RINO from Roanoke, one of the first to stab Nixon in the back in the '70s.

"• Paul Findley, Illinois"

Radical liberal anti-Semite, anti-Zionist nutjob. He lost his GOP House seat to the more "moderate" 'Rat... the ultraliberal Dick Durbin !

"• Bud Hillis, Indiana"

Odd one. Seemingly voted general OK while in Congress, though skirted the RINO line. Has been out of the limelight for nearly 20 years.

"•James Johnson, Colorado"

RINO who left Congress before Reagan became President.

"• Richard W. Mallary, Vermont"

RINO twit who held the distinction of being the first Republican to lose to a 'Rat for a Senate seat since before the party was founded (that being Pat Leahy). Made a political comeback recently only to get blown out when he was a big time supporter of gay marriage.

"• Wiley Mayne, Iowa"

Embittered RINO who lost his seat back in '74.

"• G. William Whitehurst, Virginia"

Another odd one, he voted Conservative. At 80, it's probably just senility.

• Pete McCloskey, California

Ah, yes, the "Grand Dame" of the RINOs. The head of the Angela Davis wing of the GOP. This nutjob ran a primary challenge to Nixon in '72 and often made such 'Rat stalwarts as Ted Kennedy look like reactionary rightists. I doubt he ever voted GOP in his entire life ('cept for himself).


6 posted on 04/16/2005 12:56:26 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*Gregoire is French for Stealing an Election*)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Abram; Amish; AuH2ORepublican; axel f; BlackElk; Bonaparte; BroncosFan; Caipirabob; ...

*ping*

RINO traitors trying to bring down DeLay.


7 posted on 04/16/2005 1:04:51 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*Gregoire is French for Stealing an Election*)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

Great stuff!

I guess they're from the wing of the party that DeLay leans on to get the job done.


8 posted on 04/16/2005 1:19:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

It may turn out the one thing all those individuals have in common is that they all may (emphasis: may) be anti-Semites or anti-Zionists. DeLay may, in fact, be Israel's numero uno supporter in Congress. Seeing Paul Findley's name stood out like a sore thumb, as he proudly called himself Arafat's #1 supporter in Congress and wrote a series of hateful books that would've been on Hitler's Book-of-the-Month Club. If I were DeLay, I'd hit at the fact that many of his opponents are fairly blatant Jew-haters, and want him out of Congress because that would be a mighty blow against Israel.


9 posted on 04/16/2005 1:36:01 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*Gregoire is French for Stealing an Election*)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

Good point.

Communists and socialists hate him too. He gives them no quarter.


10 posted on 04/16/2005 1:37:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

What is the point of sending a letter after all of these years out of Congress? Ridiculous.


11 posted on 04/16/2005 2:21:29 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Republican Wildcat

C'mon, you know why. The media is looking for anyone remotely claiming an "R" after their name to engage in DeLay bashing.


12 posted on 04/16/2005 2:29:58 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*Gregoire is French for Stealing an Election*)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife
"A former Republican congressman who was a moderate..."

RINO's one and all! They just knew they couldn't get elected as DOGCATCHER with a 'D' beside their names.

13 posted on 04/16/2005 2:51:26 AM PDT by RasterMaster (Saddam's family were WMD's - He's behind bars & his sons are DEAD!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

yes, yes, I know...also for their part a combination of the McCain syndrome and the former politician syndrome (like the 9/11 commission members).

I'm a bit slower given the fact the sun is rising outside and I've yet to get any sleep.


14 posted on 04/16/2005 3:49:10 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife
Wiley Mayne, Iowa

Now there is a name from the shadows! Mayne was my congresscritter before I could even vote, and a soul less generous than myself might play the ageism card, crediting this curtain call to senile dementia.

But I won't.

No, he's just one of the surviving old-time, striped-pants, country-club Republicans that did little other than make Democrats look like stand-up, regular guys. Come to think of it, Berkely Bedell (a Dem who came to the same seat) was an improvement.

Anyone remember Mayne's political protege, Fred ("Gopher" from the The Love Boat) Grandy?

15 posted on 04/16/2005 4:25:04 AM PDT by niteowl77 (I hate it when I partonize myself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

I'm surprised they didn't get Lowell Weicker to join them!

You are right, Mallory of VT managed to lose to Pat Leahy of all people. That began VT's downward slide, I'm afraid.


16 posted on 04/16/2005 4:37:02 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: FairOpinion
"A former Republican congressman who was a moderate ally of former President Bush..."

This will fool only uninformed people. McCloskey was a bigtime liberal, no moderate he and no ally of former President Bush. They're really desperate, if they're bringing that fossil McCloskey out to attack Delay. What a joke!

17 posted on 04/16/2005 4:54:50 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Jabba the Hutt's bigger, meaner, uglier brother.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Comment #18 Removed by Moderator

To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Republicans from across the district as well as across the country and within the (GOP) conference have been rallying around Majority Leader DeLay because of his effective leadership," Dan Allen said.

Darn tootin'
Last Monday I called his DC office and my IL Rep (R) Judy Biggert "urging" her to support Delay during this smear campaign.

And Delay's 'person' was happy to hear from me, more so than my own Rep's 'person' (which is still bugging me a bit).

19 posted on 04/16/2005 5:32:51 AM PDT by Condor51 (Leftists are moral and intellectual parasites - Standing Wolf)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Southack
Gee, the Chron kinda left those bits out, didn't it?

I love the internet :)

20 posted on 04/16/2005 5:34:58 AM PDT by mewzilla
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Condor51

Bump!!


21 posted on 04/16/2005 5:40:56 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

How many of these pimps of the election industry retired and how many were flushed from office?


22 posted on 04/16/2005 5:46:42 AM PDT by leprechaun9
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife
"The stench coming out of the DeLay operation" does not represent the GOP that he served with in Congress, McCloskey said.

This is a perfect example about why this guy lost his job.

23 posted on 04/16/2005 5:50:44 AM PDT by Lazamataz (It's a heck of a long time 'till Christmas.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj
Sounds like Leftist Bill Milliken (gun grabber who backed Kerry) types. Milliken was a big reason why before Richard Headlee, I would have been a "Reagan Democrat" before 1982 in Michigan as I had more in common with the then moderate/conservative wing of the dems than I did with the Milliken/Ford leadership.

Thank God for John Engler in this state. I didn't always agree with some of his stuff at the end of his career, but he took the GOP to the right and away from its high tax and baby killing wing.

24 posted on 04/16/2005 8:23:43 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("If Stabenow were any bigger a roadblock, she could halt traffic on all of I-75.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

now all they need is "hit and run" Janklow to jump on the Delay-bashing bandwagon and we'll have a veritable smorgasboard of rino losers


25 posted on 04/16/2005 9:50:03 AM PDT by Rakkasan1 (The MRS wanted to go to an expensive place to eat so I took her to the gas station.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Cincinatus' Wife

The liberal media couldn't get Bob LIvingston, so this is the best the could come up with.


26 posted on 04/16/2005 12:28:03 PM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Old Hoosier

So a former RINO California Congressman is coming to Texas to talk to an opportunistic fringe element attorney who runs against DeLay in every election to get free PR for his business so "they" can try to identify another RINO to run against DeLay . . . .

Bring 'em on.


27 posted on 04/16/2005 2:18:24 PM PDT by bgsugar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

I believe, DJ, that former Rep. Fred Grandy, R-IA, once was an aide to Wiley Mayne in his pre-acting days. But I had thought that Mayne was "conservative."


28 posted on 04/16/2005 8:45:14 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: fieldmarshaldj

DJ, didn't McCloskey begin his congressional career by defeating Shirley Temple Black in 1967 in a special election. If so, who held that seat previously? Only you would know!!!


29 posted on 04/16/2005 8:48:19 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Theodore R.

Mayne seemed to be more of a RINO (described as a country-club type), and Grandy seemed to be one, too (he made the stupid move in '94 of challenging Gov. Terry Branstad in the primary and lost).


30 posted on 04/16/2005 9:00:08 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*Gregoire is French for Stealing an Election*)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Theodore R.

Yes, he did indeed defeat Ambassador Black. The GOP incumbent, J. Arthur Younger, an 8-term member, had died in office in June 1967. I'm unaware of Younger's leanings, though I doubt he was nowhere near as leftist as McCloskey.


31 posted on 04/16/2005 9:03:15 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (*Gregoire is French for Stealing an Election*)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson