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DeLay to withdraw from congressional race
AP ^ | Aug. 8, 2006, 1:51PM | DAVID ESPO

Posted on 08/08/2006 11:57:22 AM PDT by SolidSupplySide

WASHINGTON — Dogged by scandal, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay intends to withdraw as a candidate for Congress, a Republican strategist said today, a step that would allow the party to field a write-in candidate in hopes of holding his seat.

The development came one day after Texas Republicans lost a court battle in their bid to name a replacement candidate for DeLay on the November ballot.

The strategist described DeLay's intentions on condition of anonymity, saying the former majority leader intended to make his own announcement.

DeLay resigned his Houston-area seat in June and said he was switching his legal residence to Virginia. He had already won a primary in Texas, and Republican officials there moved to name a replacement candidate.

Democrats went to court to block the switch, and prevailed.

The maneuvering underscored the intensity of the battle between the two national parties as they vie for control of Congress in the midterm elections.

DeLay had held the House seat for more than two decades, but yielded his power — first surrendering his post as majority leader, then resigning his seat — at the urging of party leaders who said he risked defeat this fall and that his presence on the ballot could hamper other incumbents.

He is awaiting trial in Texas state court on money laundering charges alleging that illegal corporate cash helped pay for legislative campaigns in 2002. DeLay also had close ties to Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist at the center of a congressional corruption investigation.

DeLay has not been charged in that investigation, although two former aides who later developed ties to Abramoff have entered into plea bargains.

Former Rep. Nick Lampson is the Democratic candidate in the race, and had amassed more than $2 million in his campaign treasury as of June 30 in preparation for a race against DeLay.

Texas Republicans on Monday abandoned their court fight to replace DeLay on the November ballot, conceding defeat after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ruled against them.

"I think all our legal avenues are exhausted in terms of affecting the ruling prior to the election," said Jim Bopp Jr., the attorney who argued the Republican Party's case to allow party officials to substitute another candidate for DeLay.

In a statement late Monday, Bopp warned Democrats, "Be careful what you ask for."

The lawyer said Democrats "insisted he run for Congress, now it's up to voters to decide if Democrats are going to be happy" on Election Day.

Democrats were undaunted by the prospect of facing DeLay in November and claimed victory.

"Given the choice between facing the voters and facing the courts, DeLay chose the courts and lost handily," said Bill Burton, spokesman for the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2006; davidespo; delay; election2006; electioncongress; electionushouse
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1 posted on 08/08/2006 11:57:23 AM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide

Got any names that will now attempt to make the Write In Candidate list?.... Reckon the primary challengers will try?


2 posted on 08/08/2006 11:59:21 AM PDT by deport
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To: SolidSupplySide

How is it official from an anonymous source quoted by the AP???


3 posted on 08/08/2006 11:59:32 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (All your Diebolds are belong to us)
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To: SolidSupplySide

Official....

Not quite based upon an unnamed source..... but highly likely.

Official will be when DeLay asked his name be withdrawn from the ballot.


4 posted on 08/08/2006 12:01:40 PM PDT by deport
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To: SolidSupplySide

Delay should RUN, WIN, and then DEMAND his leadership seat back.


5 posted on 08/08/2006 12:01:49 PM PDT by RasterMaster (Winning Islamic hearts and minds.........one bullet at a time!)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I guess because they are more right than they are wrong?


6 posted on 08/08/2006 12:02:08 PM PDT by Prodn2000
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To: deport
Got any names that will now attempt to make the Write In Candidate list?.... Reckon the primary challengers will try?

My understanding of Texas law says that noone running for another race can become a write-in unless they "withdraw" from the other race. That means it is unlikely that anyone already on the November ballot will be the write in candidate.

David Wallace, mayor of Sugar Land, is the most likely candidate. But Shelley Sekula-Gibbs (Houston city council) fits the category of not running for office in November, too.

7 posted on 08/08/2006 12:02:31 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide

Sad, this is definately a case of disinfranchising the voters. How can we expect people attending public schools to "write" in a candidate???


8 posted on 08/08/2006 12:02:40 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: SolidSupplySide

I hope each and every voter in that district writes in TOM DELAY on their ballot and re-elects the man whether he likes it or not!

Let Ronnie Earle and the rest of the 'Rats shriek!


9 posted on 08/08/2006 12:03:28 PM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: SolidSupplySide

Why is it if Republicans fought to keep the Democrats from fielding a candidate when another bowed out they'd be accused of trying to "disenfranchise voters" and of "trying to keep voters from having a choice on election day?" But Dems. do it and its considered clever.


10 posted on 08/08/2006 12:04:23 PM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: SolidSupplySide

Delay is a pussy. He should run and win to prove he still has his mojo. I guess all that lobbying money waiting for him is more important than keeping congress in republican hands. Another conservative sell out.


11 posted on 08/08/2006 12:04:31 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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To: SolidSupplySide

Anyone with the last name of BUSH available?


12 posted on 08/08/2006 12:04:32 PM PDT by airborne (Satan's greatest trick was convincing people he doesn't exist.)
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To: Prodn2000

If you say so.

I'll believe it when the source is acutally on the record. I think this is wishful thinking on the part of the author.


13 posted on 08/08/2006 12:05:05 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (All your Diebolds are belong to us)
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To: RasterMaster

If Delay felt he had any chance of winning, he wouldn't have tried to get his name off the ballot in the first place.


14 posted on 08/08/2006 12:05:29 PM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: SolidSupplySide

This is for the best - if he had run - the noble and charismatic Ronnie Earle would have managed to have him in court before Election Day.

As soon as the election is over, the Pubs need to deep six their pact to remove "indicted" congressman from power. It is WAY to easy to get an indictment.

What were they thinking - never crossed their minds the dims would find a Ronnie to gin up some charges? Notice the dims don't have the same pact. I'm not even sure they remove their people from power for a conviction.


15 posted on 08/08/2006 12:05:54 PM PDT by Let's Roll ( "Congressmen who ... undermine the military ... should be arrested, exiled or hanged" - A. Lincoln)
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To: mkjessup
You just do not get it do you. Tom Delay does not want to be in Congress anymore. I thought that he had made that patently obvious. He has moved to Virginia to either become a lobbyist or a political consultant. After he lost his leadership position, he lost his love for his seat.
16 posted on 08/08/2006 12:05:57 PM PDT by Prodn2000
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To: SolidSupplySide

Can we find someone with the name John Smith to make the write-in easier?


17 posted on 08/08/2006 12:06:29 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: SolidSupplySide

a 'Republican strategist'? This could be anyone from Tucker Carlson to some kid who serves Orange Julius at the mall.


18 posted on 08/08/2006 12:06:43 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (All your Diebolds are belong to us)
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To: SolidSupplySide

The Dismalcrap Party ploy to keep Delay on the ballot is just as fricken bad as the GayAmerican Governor waiting until November to resign so they could hand pick his fricken replacement. Is there no depth to which these sleazy vermin will not sink?

I would have voted for Delay just so he could step aside and the GoodLookingGovernor appoint a replacement. The bas***ds.

(better now)


19 posted on 08/08/2006 12:07:29 PM PDT by Jaded (does it really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: SolidSupplySide
I would assume Delay's name will still be on the ballot correct? If they can elect dead congressmen in Missouri and Hawaii why not one that is resigned?
21 posted on 08/08/2006 12:07:43 PM PDT by martinidon (Bush won sKerry lost and Soro's is out millions for nothing!)
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; ...

Harris County now uses paperless electronic systems.

I suppose someone can use that dial input device to enter all the letters in a candidate's name but do you suppose ANY voter will ever win by this method?

What happens to the votes in this race if someone punches straight ticket Republican?


22 posted on 08/08/2006 12:07:56 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

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Delay is a pussy. He should run and win to prove he still has his mojo. I guess all that lobbying money waiting for him is more important than keeping congress in republican hands. Another conservative sell out.
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I know the DeLays and you are so far off base it isn't even funny. I hope you are just venting steam. If DeLay doesn't run then it is for a very damn good reason!

He gave up his office in order for the Republican Party not to get dragged down into his indictment.


23 posted on 08/08/2006 12:08:00 PM PDT by avacado
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To: SolidSupplySide

What the GOP really needs to do is push absentee ballots and get those write-in votes in and done correctly.


24 posted on 08/08/2006 12:08:38 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
I just don't understand Texas GOP wanting Tom off the ballot so badly.

Do they know something we don't know?

What poetic justice to force Tom back on the ballot and he wins!

25 posted on 08/08/2006 12:09:16 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: SolidSupplySide

Dem Dirty tricks dont get much dirtier than this. First they get a Dirty lawyer to charge Delay with BS charges then they delay the the trial then they force him out of the Congress then they file suit to not allow anyone else to run.

I hope at some time in this fiasco Ronnie Earle finds himself peeking out thru the bars of the Greystone hotel.


26 posted on 08/08/2006 12:09:56 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Prodn2000
You just do not get it do you. Tom Delay does not want to be in Congress anymore. I thought that he had made that patently obvious. He has moved to Virginia to either become a lobbyist or a political consultant. After he lost his leadership position, he lost his love for his seat.

Oh I get it just fine.

And I say that if the voters in DeLay's district overwhelmingly wrote in his name, essentially drafting him back into his Congressional seat, that DeLay is enough of a patriot to honor the wishes of his constituents. DeLay will answer the call, if the call is made. If not, he better quickly make one of those "if nominated I will not run, if elected I will not serve" statements and absolutely slam the door.

But I don't think he'll do that. He's watching. He's paying attention.

I hope he lurks here on FR.
28 posted on 08/08/2006 12:11:37 PM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: RasterMaster

No thanks....his record on spending was no better than a democrat.


29 posted on 08/08/2006 12:12:13 PM PDT by misterrob
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To: sgtbono2002

The Yellow Dogs learned the tricks of the Reds and Pinkos.


30 posted on 08/08/2006 12:12:13 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: MAD-AS-HELL
Delay is a pussy. He should run and win to prove he still has his mojo. I guess all that lobbying money waiting for him is more important than keeping congress in republican hands. Another conservative sell out.

I'll bet he has taken more political bullets for conservatives than you have!

31 posted on 08/08/2006 12:13:16 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (I gigged your peace frog.)
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To: martinidon
I would assume Delay's name will still be on the ballot correct?

Withdrawing takes the name of completely. The Republican line for that race will be blank.

32 posted on 08/08/2006 12:14:50 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: mkjessup
And I say that if the voters in DeLay's district overwhelmingly wrote in his name

Those write-in votes would be illegal under Texas Election Code chapter 146.

34 posted on 08/08/2006 12:16:08 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide

That District now needs a Plan or it is lost to confusion.

TT


35 posted on 08/08/2006 12:16:41 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: TexasTransplant

A plan? We better get John Kerry there on the double! :p


36 posted on 08/08/2006 12:17:32 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (All your Diebolds are belong to us)
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To: SolidSupplySide
The write in Candidates name?

Hint: Tom DeLay

Now that would be a bugger!

Whahoooo!

37 posted on 08/08/2006 12:18:02 PM PDT by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: SolidSupplySide

What are Republicans such pathetic wimps? They back down and give up whenever given the chance. It's disgusting.


38 posted on 08/08/2006 12:21:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: SolidSupplySide

More should have supported Mike Campbell in hte primaries.


39 posted on 08/08/2006 12:25:36 PM PDT by Hydroshock ( (Proverbs 22:7). The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.)
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To: SolidSupplySide
Well your back at it with your propaganda. Once again you have one agenda the defeat of Tom DeLay or any other legitimate conservative. I do hope you folks over at Nick Lampsons office can get in a few more licks before your real cover is blown. I guess your can start the name calling again. By the way Gumboyaya in creole "means everyone talking at once". See you around Nick.
40 posted on 08/08/2006 12:25:43 PM PDT by gumboyaya
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To: Hydroshock
More should have supported Mike Campbell in hte primaries.

The name was Tom Campbell, but I certainly agree. With the benefit of hindsight, does any DeLay primary voter think they did the right thing? Any?

41 posted on 08/08/2006 12:30:09 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: RacerF150

He might have but one thing i have that he doesn't is that I didn't sell out my country to special interests nor have I given up on the core belief of a limited government. What has Tommy Boy done to instill the core conservative values of Ronald Reagan other than hammer his special interest buddies for $$$$?

The Republicans have shown that they really aren't any different than the dems when it comes to spending YOUR money.

But, it doesn't make you a bad person that you support someone that is a sell out.


42 posted on 08/08/2006 12:30:46 PM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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TEXAS WRITE IN CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

§ 146.022. CANDIDATE'S NAME REQUIRED TO APPEAR ON LIST. A write-in vote may not be counted unless the name written in appears on the list of write-in candidates required by Section 146.031.

§ 146.031. LIST OF WRITE-IN CANDIDATES.

... Go to the above link for full code requirements...

Declaration or write in Candidate Form

Fee, etc.

43 posted on 08/08/2006 12:32:41 PM PDT by deport
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To: gumboyaya
Well your back at it with your propaganda

My propoganda? Kettle, meet pot: None of what you said was true.

44 posted on 08/08/2006 12:35:12 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide
I don't get why he doesn't just run.

I hate the way he got sold out, and how a DIRTY DIRTY DIRTY prosecutor and the MSM railroaded him out for no reason at all.

Then they won't even let him out of the ballet (even though the dems did it last year and then WITHOUT resigning current office)... so screw 'em.

Run, run hard, and WIN. Don't run this half-assed "I really wish I could get out" write in BS that will just confuse people.

Grow a set already, we need 'da HAMMER back!!!
45 posted on 08/08/2006 12:40:04 PM PDT by FreedomNeocon (Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -- Churchill)
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To: SolidSupplySide
Your record speaks for itself. It is obvious you are a political opportunist who has a one tract agenda. If you are what you profess to be, a concerned citizen doing good work, it escapes the possibility. I will support any opponent of Lampson be it write in or not. I feel your intent is to defame and obfuscate in hopes of a Democratic victory. That is my opinion and I will continue to point out the facts in regard to your continued dumping of negative articles concerning my district 22.
47 posted on 08/08/2006 12:45:26 PM PDT by gumboyaya
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
OK I guess I deserved that...

Hopefully we can gen up a plan before Kerry does his smarter, better, woulda coulda plan.

TT
48 posted on 08/08/2006 12:46:02 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: SolidSupplySide

Well, that's a seat lost...


49 posted on 08/08/2006 12:48:19 PM PDT by Jim Verdolini (We had it all, but the RINOs stalked the land and everything they touched was as dung and ashes!)
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To: gumboyaya

You are just a moron. You were wrong, so shut up.


50 posted on 08/08/2006 12:49:08 PM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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