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McCloskey, other GOP elders seeking opponent for DeLay
Houston Chronicle ^ | May 1, 2005 | By RICHARD STEWART

Posted on 05/02/2005 5:24:18 AM PDT by bgsugar

Former U.S. Rep. Pete McCloskey, in Houston Sunday for a conference on Palestinian issues, said he and other Republican elders are looking for a candidate to oppose U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land.

"Tom DeLay is an embarrassment to the Republican Party," said McCloskey, who represented Northern California from 1967 to 1983.

He met Sunday with Michael Fjetland, who was defeated by DeLay in Republican primaries in 2000 and 2002 and as an independent in the 2004 general election.

McCloskey is one of nine former congressmen who have formed an informal group he called the "revolt of the elders," to oppose congressmen who they think are guilty of ethics violations.

"Nobody can come into a Texas district and tell the voters who to support," McCloskey said.

But, he added, that just as DeLay raises money from outside the district, his opponents in the next election will also probably get national support.

Fjetland, 55, a lawyer from Missouri City, said he is forming a committee to see if he can gather enough support to take on DeLay in the primary.

He will decide in a couple of months if he will run, Fjetland said.

"If DeLay is ever going to be defeated, this will be the time for it," Fjetland said.

"The people in the 22nd District are tired of his arrogance," he said.

DeLay was admonished three times last year by the House Ethics Committee. Fjetland said many voters are tried of DeLay acting like a bully.

He said the district is 60 percent Republican and another Republican has the best chance of defeating DeLay.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; backstabbers; congress; delay; democrats; mccloskey; republicans; rino; traitors; turncoats; ushouse
Oh boy, a liberal RINO from California is meeting with an opportunistic lawyer from Texas who got 2% against DeLay in the last election as an idependent cause he's run against DeLay every election for the last few years to promote himself as a terrorism expert and they are going to meet with the "party elders" to find an opponent for Tom.

BUT beware the danger within . . . . . lest we take them too lightly, the comment about the only way to take him is in the Republican Primary has some validity and look for a possible RINO coming out and trying to get Dem's to crossover vote in the Republican Primary.

The conservatives better turn out in the Primary to support DeLay.

1 posted on 05/02/2005 5:24:20 AM PDT by bgsugar
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To: bgsugar

I wish DeLay was as smart as he is aggressive. This scandal reminds me of the bone-headed book deal that Gingrich did after fellow Republicans begged him not to.


2 posted on 05/02/2005 5:29:00 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: bgsugar

Leave it to the RINOs to wholesale buy into the Democrat's rantings. Funny, I don't ever recall Democrats looking for primary opponents for Jim McDermott, or that goober from Virginia.


3 posted on 05/02/2005 5:30:09 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: Obadiah

Funny, I don't see where this mentions that this "GOP" congressman endorsed Kerry and as such could hardly be considered a member in good standing of the GOP.

Will the Houston Chronicle be so charitable if lets say Zell Miller were to convene a "Council of Elders" to try to take down a prominent Dem?

Just wondering.


4 posted on 05/02/2005 5:31:41 AM PDT by watsonfellow
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To: bgsugar
"Nobody can come into a Texas district and tell the voters who to support," McCloskey said.

Bingo!

Now go back to the left coast.

5 posted on 05/02/2005 5:32:50 AM PDT by The_Victor (Doh!... stupid tagline)
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To: bgsugar
"Tom DeLay is an embarrassment to the Republican Party," said McCloskey, who represented Northern California from 1967 to 1983.

Sixteen years in the minority. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. We should listen to this dinosaur's opinion about one of the men who built the GOP into a majority party?
6 posted on 05/02/2005 5:36:09 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the Rats in terror before me.)
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To: Obadiah

Chances are these guys have something personal against DeLay, and this is the opportunity they've been waiting on to get back at him for something.


7 posted on 05/02/2005 5:37:36 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: bgsugar
This idiot is not a Republican he is a covert left-wing democrat. He does not speak for the Republican party and should keep his stupid mouth closed.
8 posted on 05/02/2005 5:38:00 AM PDT by YOUGOTIT
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To: bgsugar

I am liking Tom DeLay more all the time. By the way, DeLay is the only Republican I don't blame for what happened to Terri Schindler. THE ONLY ONE!


9 posted on 05/02/2005 5:39:44 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Terri Schindler was murdered - IMPEACH JUDGE GREER!!!)
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To: bgsugar

This is the same idiot who told all Republicans to vote for the TRAITOR John Kerry. So if you support a Traitor then you must be one.


10 posted on 05/02/2005 5:42:28 AM PDT by YOUGOTIT
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To: bgsugar
..a liberal RINO from California is meeting with an opportunistic lawyer from Texas who got 2% against DeLay..The conservatives better turn out in the Primary to support DeLay.

Hmm...sounds like the torpid "Bluebloods/RINOs" wing of the GOP are longing for "the Good Old Days of ME-TOOs" of the 60s/70s, and Pete "I wannta-be a media darling" McCloskey is there to to preen in front of the camera.

11 posted on 05/02/2005 5:43:09 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: YOUGOTIT
This idiot is not a Republican he is a covert left-wing democrat

McCloskey ran against Richard Nixon in the 1972 primaries, promising to pull out of Vietnam and implement even wackier economic and environmental policies than had Nixon.

He's about as much of a Republican as Howard Dean.

12 posted on 05/02/2005 5:51:33 AM PDT by Numbers Guy
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To: bgsugar
This is a group of bitter losers, do not worry one iota that they will be able to do anything to Tom Delay.
13 posted on 05/02/2005 5:55:00 AM PDT by jveritas (The Left cannot win a national election ever again.)
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To: bgsugar

Whew the Houston Chronical went all out bringing out this fossil RINO.


14 posted on 05/02/2005 5:56:59 AM PDT by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: bgsugar
Former U.S. Rep. Pete McCloskey...

Bigtime anti-semite, anti-Israel kook.

15 posted on 05/02/2005 5:57:04 AM PDT by veronica (CP=Jeffords Republicrats)
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To: bgsugar
McCloskey was an embarrassment back in the 70s. Just another narcissistic jerk like McLaim, wallowing in liberal media adoration!
16 posted on 05/02/2005 6:00:46 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (Don't let Terri's death be in vain!)
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To: Brilliant
DeLay was as smart as he is aggressive...the bone-headed book deal that Gingrich did

..not belabor a point, $hrillary DID EXACTLY the same thing as Jim Wright's (Book, a word a page) in 1990..only difference was the media reaction. (liberals will always get a pass) Many Congress-critters, write books...check Pat Moyanhan, her predecessor. :)

17 posted on 05/02/2005 6:01:27 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: skinkinthegrass

That may be so, but you've got to take that into consideration if you're going to be considered "smart." Either that, or you've got to figure a way to stick it to the media when they play their hand.


18 posted on 05/02/2005 6:04:24 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
Pete "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride" McCloskey, just want some media Attention....like Sen. McPain (RINO-Az)
19 posted on 05/02/2005 6:04:41 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: bgsugar
If the Republican Party ever becomes the moderate, centrist party, they will become totally marginalized. The conservative base will leave and form a new party because we are the ones who are energized and active, not content to sit around the country club, sipping Gin & tonic, feeling superior while completely out of power.

I've been writing the GOP for some time now warning them of what will happen if they put too many RINOs in positions of power. I support Tom DeLay entirely. He is under attack because he is effective. If a timid GOP leaves him twisting in the wind they will lose me, my financial support, my ideological support (letters to the editor, faxes and emails to various leaders supporting Republican initiatives, etc.), my political registration and my vote.

My loyalty is to my belief system, not to a political party that no longer embodies that belief system.

20 posted on 05/02/2005 6:13:19 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne
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To: Brilliant
Tom DeLay is the smartest, most effective Republican Leader, since time out of Mind..... Get a Clue.
21 posted on 05/02/2005 6:15:28 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you dont have to...." ;)
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To: hobbes1

Not lately.


22 posted on 05/02/2005 6:17:17 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: bgsugar
...Pete McCloskey, in Houston Sunday for a conference on Palestinian issues...

Hmmm...

Some of the speakers at this Leftist conference:

Dr. Azmi Bishara, Palestinian radical member of the Israeli Knesset; Paul Findley (former congressman and author of the "They Dare to Speak Out" and "Silent No More"); Diana Buttu, legal advisor to the PLO Negotiations Affairs Unit; Mazin Qumsiyeh, co-founder of Al-Awda, Palestinian Right of Return; with workshop presentations by Jeff Blankfort, 'spoken word artist' Ora Wise, Mohammed Abed, Professor Robert Jensen, Josh Ruebner of "End the Occupation," and others.

23 posted on 05/02/2005 6:17:25 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.")
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To: Brilliant
That may be so..when they play their hand.

True...and with the media "bootlickers" adoration of $hrillary and the "fear and loathing" of Delay, he should have been better prepared..he had the Rep. Livington (GOP-LA) 2001 example.

24 posted on 05/02/2005 6:17:35 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: bgsugar

I live in Delay's district. Trust me on this that between what he has done here and the way the state legislature has configured his district. He would have to be caught in bed with a dead woman and a live boy to lose.


25 posted on 05/02/2005 6:17:51 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, who's bringing the chips?)
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To: EternalVigilance

...follow the $$$$.


26 posted on 05/02/2005 6:20:14 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: bgsugar

More info on this conference:

http://www.knowjusticeknowpeace.net/


27 posted on 05/02/2005 6:20:14 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.")
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To: Brilliant

Every Working Day. Governing with, and Keeping a Majority, passing the Presidents Agenda, in the House, The Job he has done has been nothing short of Amazing.


People that want to buy into this current alleged 'scandal' manufactured by the increasingly irrelevant Democrats and their enabling handmaidens in the MSM, without actually examining the facts, or for that matter the realities of the situation, are the ones being less than brilliant.


DeLays district will never Go against him, Period.

All of this other crap is being used for one purpose only, to give the Democrats someone Evil to run "against" in 2006,
to help stop the bleeding into further minority status.


(p.s....It isnt going to work...)


28 posted on 05/02/2005 6:22:37 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you dont have to...." ;)
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To: TXBSAFH
He would have to be caught in bed with a dead woman and a live boy to lose.

HA!..If he were a Dumbo'RAT, it would have been considered an endorsement.

29 posted on 05/02/2005 6:23:16 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: hobbes1

Hope you're right.


30 posted on 05/02/2005 6:25:07 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: hobbes1
p.s....It isnt going to work...

Good to hear. :)

31 posted on 05/02/2005 6:25:14 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: hobbes1

I totally agree.

If DeLay's enemies keep sending leftists like this down to his district, he might win the next election unanimously.


32 posted on 05/02/2005 6:26:41 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.")
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To: hobbes1

I am not at all surprised to see, among those who hate DeLay, well-known anti-semites. After all, Jews/Israel have no better friend in Congress than Tom DeLay.


33 posted on 05/02/2005 6:27:25 AM PDT by veronica (CP=Jeffords Republicrats)
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To: veronica

Folks need to be reminded now and again that Tom DeLay represents a large number of excellent conservative House members.

They are the folks that keep my hopes for America alive.


34 posted on 05/02/2005 6:30:25 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.")
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To: bgsugar

The more complaints I hear from the RAts and RINO's the more I like DeLay.


35 posted on 05/02/2005 6:48:45 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: bgsugar; BellStar; anymouse; YCTHouston; GOPcapitalist

Okay liberal RINO's the world over. Let's get one thing straight. You think you want CD22? As our fathers once put it "Come and take it!"

Texas is a big hot state and it really is quite unbearable when the political heat adds in. So if you come here for a fight you better pack light cause the trip home is gonna’ be a tough one!

Liberal East or Liberal West make no mistake Mid-America IS NOT MIDDLE OF THE ROAD!

CD22 will never abandon Tom DeLay!

T E X A S !


36 posted on 05/02/2005 8:53:24 AM PDT by GulfBreeze ("Chair"ish the moment)
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To: veronica
McCloskey is part and parcel of a small group of disgruntled leftist "Republican" former Congresscritters of an old anti-Semitic stripe. Paul Findley of Illinois must also be in there somewhere and maybe UpChuck Percy.

Any idea who the others are? They need to be disinfected by sunlight too!

37 posted on 05/02/2005 10:09:35 AM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline of the Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Club)
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To: bgsugar

There is always one story, often two, in the Houston Chronicle every day attempting to undermine support for Tom DeLay.


38 posted on 05/02/2005 11:31:02 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: bgsugar
McCloskey, other GOP elders seeking opponent for DeLay

If McCloskey is the biggest named 'elder' they got, they ain't got much.

39 posted on 05/02/2005 11:35:35 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: bgsugar
McCloskey who? Never heard of him. The Comical is getting desperate to dig up old RINO dung to toss DeLay's way.
40 posted on 05/02/2005 3:00:20 PM PDT by anymouse
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