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  • Tom DeLay: God 'wrote the Constitution'

    02/22/2014 2:11:50 PM PST · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 21, 2014 | Kolten Parker
    SAN ANTONIO — God must have had one heck of a powdered wig, or former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay would have made a lousy history teacher. The Sugar Land Republican made news this week when he voiced his concern that the government is becoming secular because "we stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution, that it's based on biblical principles" during a recent television appearance with San Antonio Pastor Matt Hagee. James Madison, the lead author of the United States Constitution and the fourth president of the United States who died in 1836, could...
  • Texas DA who prosecuted Tom DeLay has mud on face again

    11/27/2013 9:51:28 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 38 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 11-27-13 | David Paulin
    Ronnie Earle's problematic record as Travis County District Attorney is coming back to haunt him - yet again. Earle, a Democrat, made a name for himself with some clever legal sophistry: specifically, he convinced a gullible jury in liberal Travis County, Texas, that former Republican House Speaker Tom DeLay was guilty of "money laundering" related to his funneling of campaign contributions to Republican candidates. A Texas Appeals Court recently dismissed the charges, ruling DeLay had broken no laws. Delay had called the prosecution the criminalization of politics. Now, another case overseen by Earle in the liberal enclave of Travis County...
  • Fmr. Rep. Tom DeLay Hails Cruz as ‘Hero,’ Slams ‘Arrogant-in-Chief’ Obama on CNN

    10/17/2013 12:33:45 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Mediate ^ | Oct 17, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    ".....DeLay began by admitting Republicans “did lose” the fight over the budget and the debt ceiling. Echoing the words of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), he said, “They put up a good fight. O appreciate everyone that voted against the deal yesterday and stood up and fought. Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough votes to carry out the fight and win.” When Baldwin brought up Republicans’ crumbling approval ratings, Delay accused her of pushing a “media narrative” with those numbers. “I have no narrative, sir,” she responded. “I’m just right in the middle, just asking the question.” “I’m not attacking you,...
  • The last government shutdown — in reality, Republicans lost big in 1996

    09/30/2013 12:10:14 PM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 15 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 9/30/13 | David Freddoso
    A lot of conservatives are now trying to minimize the damage the GOP suffered after the 21-day government shutdown of 1995-1996. They point out, correctly, that even though President Clinton was re-elected, Republicans held the House (losing just three seats on net) and gained two Senate seats. What they fail to mention or appreciate is that this was not a good performance for the GOP that year...They narrowly lost four other close contests, and have since managed to gain only one of those four missed seats.
  • Ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay: Government shutdown would not hurt the GOP

    09/30/2013 3:31:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | September 27, 2013 | Seth McLaughlin
    <p>Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Congress should try to avoid a government shutdown, but if Congress fails to reach an agreement over the next three days, then the shuttering of government would not hurt Republicans.</p> <p>“If there is a shutdown, this notion that it hurts the Republicans is totally wrong,” Mr. Delay said on CNN’s “New Day.”</p>
  • Tom DeLay to Newsmax: ‘I Never Lost My Good Name’

    09/23/2013 5:51:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 23 Sep 2013 08:34 AM | John Gizzi
    Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay tells Newsmax that he is planning a book and a lecture tour now that an appellate court has overturned the criminal conviction that put his career on hold for seven long years. … At a time when House Republican leaders such as Speaker John Boehner are under fire from the right for not pushing a conservative agenda and younger tea party House members are criticized for driving their colleagues to the right, the Texan won’t get into name-calling among the Republican side of the aisle he once dominated. … Newsmax asked DeLay about the...
  • Tom DeLay’s Exoneration And Democrat Abuse Of The Judicial Process

    09/23/2013 4:47:09 AM PDT · by iowamark · 29 replies
    RedState ^ | September 21, 2013 | streiff
    Sliding under the radar on Thursday was the announcement that former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay had been exonerated of all charges stemming from the politically motivated prosecution orchestrated by Democrat shill and former Travis County (TX) district attorney Ronnie Earle.That’s right. Exonerated. The Texas Court of Appeals ruled that not only was the evidence presented not sufficient to sustain a conviction but that no law had even been broken. So after nearly a decade since the original indictment, Tom DeLay is a free man though he is deeply in debt from the protracted litigation and his political career lies...
  • Tom DeLay’s Vindication, Texas’s Shame

    09/20/2013 5:34:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/20/2013 | The Editors
    It is a scandal that there has been and will be no serious jail time in the matter of former Republican majority leader Tom DeLay — Ronnie Earle, the hyperpartisan Democratic prosecutor whose risible case against DeLay has just been finally thrown out by the Third District Texas Court of Appeals, richly deserves to be measured for an all-orange wardrobe. After eleven years, the matter of Mr. DeLay’s fund-raising in the 2002 election cycle has been finally put to rest, with Mr. Earle’s case having been vivisected by Justice Melissa Goodwin, who in her quietly scathing opinion did not bother...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 09-19-13 ( DUmmies Mourn Overturning of Tom DeLay Conviction)

    09/19/2013 6:14:57 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 28 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | September 19, 2013 | Dummies and PJ-Comix
    It was a sad day today in DUmmieland. The DUmmies are mourning the overturning of the POLITICAL conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay as you can see in this THREAD, "Tom DeLay verdict overturned by Texas appellate court." No word yet on the reaction of Charlie Rangel who had tons of REAL evidence against him yet still escaped any prosecution. So let us now watch the DUmmies sad but angry reaction to the overturned conviction of The Hammer in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, wondering how long before the Democrats conjure up imaginary...
  • Tom DeLay’s money laundering conviction overturned

    09/19/2013 8:31:50 AM PDT · by RPTMS · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11:14 a.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2013 | By Paul J. Weber
    AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas appeals court has overturned the money laundering conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 ruling on Thursday that DeLay had been acquitted. DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison, but his sentence was on hold while his case made its way through the appellate process. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/19/tom-delays-money-laundering-conviction-overturned/#ixzz2fLwxRMIO Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Tom DeLay Exonerated After Smear

    09/19/2013 12:55:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | September 19, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    >BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Tom DeLay. Tom DeLay's nickname was "The Hammer." The Democrats thought that was very bad. He was nicknamed "The Hammer" because DeLay had magic when it came time to corral votes on the Republican side in the House of Representatives, starting back in 1995 when the Republican freshman class was sworn in and they assumed control of the House for the first time in 40 years, Tom DeLay was the whip. Tom DeLay got the votes. He was nicknamed "The Hammer," and because he was so good, he was unapologetically good, Tom DeLay did not worry about...
  • Tom DeLay verdict overturned by Texas appellate court

    09/19/2013 8:01:47 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 171 replies
    A Texas Court of Appeals in Austin has overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, attorney Brian Wice told KVUE sister station KHOU 11 News.
  • Tom DeLay money laundering verdict overturned

    09/19/2013 9:26:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    HOUSTON – A Texas Court of Appeals in Austin has overturned the conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, attorney Brian Wice told KVUE sister station KHOU 11 News. DeLay, 66, was convicted in 2010 for his alleged role in a scheme to influence Texas elections....
  • Report: Podesta Group Urges Military Contractors to Give Money to Support Hagel (Gangster Gov't)

    01/07/2013 11:25:51 AM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | Monday, January 7, 2013 | Kerry Picket
    SNIP Hagel, however, has friends in Democratic lobbying circles. The powerful Washington D.C. organization known as the Podesta Group is reportedly asking defense contractors for financial support to run ads defending the Hagel nomination. Fox News White House Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry reported on Friday: (2:15 in) "Sources confirm to Fox [that] Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta has been hired by a firm known as the Bipartisan Group to help mobilize support for Hagel. And defense contractors received calls this week urging them to be ready for a Hagel pick as soon as Monday, and asking them for...
  • Supreme Court Strikes Corporate Campaign Spending Limits. Will Texas Law Change? Good for Tom Delay?

    06/25/2012 10:08:47 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 2 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 6/25/2012 | David Bellow
    Will Texas Have to Change Its Campaign Spending Law? Will Tom Delay have his Conviction Overturned? According to the AP, the Supreme Court today has (again) ruled that corporations have the right to spend freely to advocate for or against candidates for state and local offices. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending, but this case will have a ripple effect on all other states. Texas is a state that does not allow corporations to spend money in Texas state and local election. In fact, former Speaker of the united States House of Representatives, Tom Delay,...
  • (Cain Accuser Link?) Cracker Barrel PAC Employee Indicted

    11/04/2011 12:41:29 AM PDT · by parksstp · 59 replies · 1+ views
    AccessNorthGA.com ^ | 11-04-2011 | AccessNorthGa
    LEBANON, TENNESSEE - The former treasurer of a political action committee operated by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Incorporated has been arraigned on charges of stealing more than $70,000 from the organization...... "Forth was manager of political affairs for the National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C., from January 1997 until April 1998."
  • DeLay declares ‘victory’ in war on budget fat (2005)

    04/07/2011 7:05:48 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, September 14, 2005 | The Washington Times
    House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said yesterday that Republicans have done so well in cutting spending that he declared an “ongoing victory,” and said there is simply no fat left to cut in the federal budget. Mr. DeLay was defending Republicans’ choice to borrow money and add to this year’s expected $331 billion deficit to pay for Hurricane Katrina relief. Some Republicans have said Congress should make cuts in other areas, but Mr. DeLay said that doesn’t seem possible... Asked if that meant the government was running at peak efficiency, Mr. DeLay said, “Yes, after 11 years of Republican majority...
  • Tom Delay's Attorney Blames Tea Party for Jail Sentence (Leftist Spin Title)

    01/13/2011 2:29:33 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 64 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 01/13/2011 | William Tapscott, Yahoo! Contributor Network
    On January 10, 2011, former Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom Delay, was sentenced to three years in jail for his participation in a money laundering conspiracy. Now, his attorney blames the Tea Party, in part, for his conviction. (snip) DeLay's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, explained the Tea Party connection by saying, "We went to trial on the very day people across the country, voters, rebelled against politics." While DeLay presumably does not differ much ideologically from the Tea Party, their inconveniently timed uprising might have irritated liberal jury members, who took their wrath out on Delay.
  • Travesty in Texas (Tom Delay did not commit a crime)

    01/11/2011 4:09:12 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | The Editors
    With Texas judge Pat Priest imposing a sentence of three years in prison on former House majority leader Tom DeLay, it is not an exaggeration to say that this is the culmination of an undeserved, unjustified, and unconscionable act of political persecution. It is the result of an abusive prosecution that exemplifies the drive to criminalize politics and to make the ordinary processes of raising and spending funds for political campaigns a crime. The man who should be on trial in Texas is Ronnie Earle, the unethical Travis County prosecutor who went after DeLay as part of a political vendetta...
  • Judge sentences Tom DeLay to 3 years in prison

    01/10/2011 12:34:15 PM PST · by Hawk720 · 125 replies
    Wash Post ^ | January 10, 2011 | JUAN A. LOZANO
    judge has ordered U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to serve three years in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. DeLay was once one of the most powerful men in U.S. politics, ascending to the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives. The former Houston-area congressman had faced up to life in prison. His attorneys asked for probation.
  • Judge sentences ex-House Majority Leader DeLay to 3 years for money laundering scheme

    01/10/2011 12:34:04 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 73 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 10, 2011 | AP via NY POST
    Tom DeLay sentenced to 3-years in prison.
  • Prosecution cut short at DeLay sentencing hearing

    01/10/2011 8:30:09 AM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas – Prosecutors abruptly concluded presenting their case in the sentencing hearing of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, convicted last year on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
  • Criminalization of Politics and the Scourge of Tom DeLay (Overwhelming silence from the GOP)

    12/03/2010 7:18:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2010 | Sibyl West
    I cannot help but notice the overwhelming silence from the GOP on the matter of ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's prosecution and trial. Ever since he was forced to step down back in 2005, he has been in a kind of limbo or worse. Two things stand out to me: He was extremely focused and effective in his efforts -- none of which benefited him personally but which benefited his party and his state immensely. His success has earned him the abandonment of his party's members. No one says a peep about him. He may as well have dropped off...
  • BOSSIE: The lynching of Tom DeLay

    12/02/2010 8:24:35 PM PST · by FTJM · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/2/10 | David N. Bossie
    Around Washington, Rep. Tom DeLay was known as "the Hammer." It's a title he earned for his effective ness when he served in the role of majority whip. The whip is the person tasked with counting votes and building support for legislation. As whip, Mr. DeLay was uniquely effective at enacting and implementing the Contract With America and key portions of the George W. Bush agenda. He also was able to flex his political muscle within the state of Texas to leave his mark on the redistricting process. Tom DeLay was a very skilled politician. He understood the legislative and...
  • Randi Rhodes Wishes Global Warming Would Cause Flood to Wash Out Limbaugh's Home

    12/02/2010 7:33:02 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 1, 2010 | Tim Graham
    Don't let anyone claim that liberal talk radio show hosts don't wish for bad things to happen. On Monday's show, Randi Rhodes was giddy about the prospect of global warming causing the oceans to rise enough to engulf Rush Limbaugh's Florida home: And so, the global warming deniers -- like Rush Limbaugh, whose house I can't wait until the ocean swells and eats his house -- and he will be the first to go because he's got the best location! He's on Palm Beach, which is nothing but a little island...a long, skinny, little sliver of billion dollars worth of...
  • DeLay Guilty of Money Laundering

    11/24/2010 3:18:25 PM PST · by Non-Sequitur · 322 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Press ^ | 11/24/10 | Unknown
    For five years, the case against Tom DeLay for money laundering through his Texans for a Republican Majority PAC has been seemingly trapped in the Texas courts facing pre-trial appeals. On November 1, it finally made it to trial and today the verdict is in: guilty on both money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The slightly-less-than-humble DeLay lost his majority leadership in Congress after the indictment came down, but he has maintained his claims that this case was politically motivated throughout the entire process right up to defense attorney Dick DeGuerin's closing arguments. The jury clearly didn't buy...
  • (Tom) DeLay jurors warned to focus on case - "too many unrelated questions" (legal decision today?)

    11/24/2010 8:29:08 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 23, 2010, 7:31PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    Jurors considering the political money laundering case against former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Tuesday delved deep into the evidence, but asked so many legal questions that the judge warned them that they were getting off track... DeLay had with him a copy of Empire of the Summer Moon, a recent nonfiction book about the Comanche people and their famed chief, Quanah Parker, and a TouchPoint Bible that allows readers to find Scripture relevant to their lives. "No demons, nor angels nor DAs can keep you separated from the love of Jesus Christ," DeLay said, playing off of...
  • DeLay jury's questions might hint at a verdict - queries about corporate money being raised legally

    11/23/2010 11:24:58 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 22, 2010, 9:01PM | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    Five years after former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay demanded a speedy trial on political money laundering charges, a Travis County jury is now determining his fate. The six-man, six-woman panel showed up at court Monday with a majority of the members dressed in black. They elected one of the women as foreman. And when they returned three times to the courtroom to ask the judge questions during their four hours of deliberation, they all looked away from DeLay. The jurors also were asking visiting Judge Pat Priest questions that indicated they were buying into DeLay's defense that no...
  • DeLay does not testify as trial nears end

    11/19/2010 4:01:18 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 8 replies
    UPI ^ | November 19, 2010
    Testimony in Tom DeLay's money-laundering trial ended in Austin, Texas, without the former House majority leader testifying. Closing arguments are set for Monday, the Houston Chronicle reported. DeLay said after Thursday's court session he got to make his case when prosecutors played his 2005 interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News. "The reason I didn't testify is there was no need to. … I can't believe the prosecution finished their case with my testimony," he said. In the interview, DeLay said he knew of a money swap between his Texans for a Republican Majority and the Republican National Committee, but...
  • PAC treasurer testifies at DeLay laundering trial (witchhunt of Tom DeLay finally comes to court)

    11/02/2010 11:54:13 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 9 replies
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 2, 2010, 11:38AM | N A. LOZANO Associated Press
    ...Prosecutors contend that the former House majority leader used his PAC to illegally funnel $190,000 in corporate donations into Texas legislative races eight years ago. DeLay, who was spending Election Day in court, is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He has denied any wrongdoing. If convicted, Delay could face up to life in prison... Ceverha said corporate funds had been gathered to pay for the PAC's administrative costs and not for candidates. ...The money helped Republicans in 2002 take control of the Texas House. That majority allowed Republicans to push through a congressional redistricting plan...
  • Jury chosen for Tom DeLay's money laundering trial [Texas former congressman]

    10/27/2010 3:49:39 PM PDT · by deport · 21 replies
    AP via American Statesman ^ | 10-26-2010 | JUAN A. LOZANO
    AUSTIN, Texas — A jury was chosen Tuesday in the trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a once powerful but polarizing politician accused of illegally financing Texas GOP legislative races in 2002. The panel of six men and six women, along with two alternates, was selected after attorneys spent more than eight hours quizzing potential jurors about whether their political beliefs could interfere in their ability to make an impartial decision. Most said it wouldn't affect them........ DeLay is charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted of money laundering, he faces...
  • DeLay trial will not be moved (will be in Austin)

    08/26/2010 2:41:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/25/2010
    AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, will be tried on money laundering charges in Austin, a Texas judge ruled Wednesday. The ruling came as part of pretrial hearings during which DeLay argued he should be tried in Houston, near his home, because the case involves election matters, the Austin American-Statesman reported. His attorney, Dick DeGuerin also argued DeLay could not get a fair trial in Travis County. "I know there's negative feeling about Tom DeLay -- and it's strong," Senior District Judge Pat Priest said, adding DeLay could get a fair trial nonetheless....
  • DeLay warns GOP: Don't underestimate Democrats this fall

    08/21/2010 8:28:30 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 18, 2010 | Michael O'Brien
    Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) said the Democratic Party's strong ground game could stave off midterm losses. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) on Wednesday warned Republicans not to underestimate Democrats this fall. DeLay, fresh off having the Justice Department drop a federal investigation against him, said GOP wins in the midterm elections aren't "a given" due to the strength of the grassroots infrastructure Democrats built in 2006 and 2008. "Over the last ten years, the Democrats, particularly the Democrats in the House, have put together one of the most powerful grassroots coalitions that I've ever seen,"...
  • DeLay warns GOP: Don't underestimate Democrats this fall

    08/21/2010 8:28:24 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 18, 2010 | Michael O'Brien
    Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) said the Democratic Party's strong ground game could stave off midterm losses. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) on Wednesday warned Republicans not to underestimate Democrats this fall. DeLay, fresh off having the Justice Department drop a federal investigation against him, said GOP wins in the midterm elections aren't "a given" due to the strength of the grassroots infrastructure Democrats built in 2006 and 2008. "Over the last ten years, the Democrats, particularly the Democrats in the House, have put together one of the most powerful grassroots coalitions that I've ever seen,"...
  • DeLay says he's ready to fight state ethics charges

    08/17/2010 9:46:07 PM PDT · by DirtyHarryY2K · 30 replies · 2+ views
    Houston Cronicle ^ | Aug. 16, 2010
    AUSTIN — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Monday put the 5-year-old federal investigation into his relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff behind him and turned his attention to an impending trial on Texas ethics issues. DeLay said federal prosecutors told his attorneys last week that he had been "cleared" of any criminal violations in their investigation of Abramoff. The formerRepublican lawmaker, who represented Sugar Land from 1984 to 2006, also said he is ready for up to three days of pre-trial hearings slated to start Aug. 24 in Austin on a state money-laundering charge related to campaign...
  • Eleanor Clift: Obama Justice Department Let Tom DeLay 'Off the Hook' in Spirit of Bipartisanship

    08/17/2010 6:17:50 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 42 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 17, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    The Justice Department has dropped its case against former House Majority Leader, Tom Delay, and Newsweek's Eleanor Clift is in mourning. She just can't accept the fact that there was no substance to the charges against DeLay and ascribes the dropping of the case to the Obama Justice Department trying to score points with Republicans in the interest of bipartisanship. Clift also manages to smear the late former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens in her angst over the dropped charges: The Justice Department’s decision to let former House majority leader Tom DeLay off the hook and end the six-year-long investigation that...
  • Feds Clear DeLay. He Calls Pelosi “The Swamp” (THE HAMMER IS LOOSE!)

    08/16/2010 9:58:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/16/10 | Chad Pergram
    Feds Clear DeLay. He Calls Pelosi “The Swamp”Chad Pergram | August 16, 2010 It's been a long time since former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) got the chance to come out swinging in public. But that's exactly what the feisty former GOP leader did Monday when the Justice Department told his attorneys it closed its inquiry of DeLay after a six year probe. DeLay was his vintage himself during a telephone conference call with reporters. "They didn't have anything," DeLay boasted. "The case was so weak I never did meet with anyone from the Justice Department and never appeared...
  • Feds clear (Tom) DeLay after six years

    08/16/2010 6:12:48 AM PDT · by macquire · 47 replies
    The Justice Department has informed former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) that the government has ended a six-year investigation of his ties to the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to DeLay's lead counsel in the matter, Richard Cullen, chairman of McGuireWoods. The investigation lasted through two presidents and four attorneys general. Its demise provides a stark footnote to the lobbying scandals that helped Democrats regain the House majority they held for 40 years and lost in the Republican revolution of 1994, which eventually made the pugnacious DeLay one of Washington’s top power brokers.
  • DeLay Won't Face Charges as Justice Department Ends Probe

    08/16/2010 8:33:15 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 38 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08-16-10 | The Wall Street Journal via AP
    WASHINGTON—A lawyer for Tom DeLay said Monday that the Justice Department has ended an investigation of the former congressman and won't file criminal charges. One of Mr. DeLay's lawyers, Richard Cullen, said the Justice Department's Office of Public Integrity informed Mr. DeLay's legal team early last week that it was ending the investigation. Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney declined to comment, which is normally the case when the department ends a criminal probe without filing charges.
  • Lawyer says DOJ ends criminal probe of Tom DeLay

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has ended its six-year criminal probe of the ties between former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff without filing any criminal charges against the former congressman. One of DeLay's lawyers, Richard Cullen, said Monday the Justice Department's Office of Public Integrity informed DeLay's legal team early last week that it was ending the investigation. "Six years is a long time and I'm sure he wishes it had happened years ago," Cullen said of the conclusion of the investigation. Cullen added that "for me, the result trumps the timing." Justice Department spokeswoman...
  • Pelosi Statement on Chairman Charles Rangel

    03/03/2010 8:05:36 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies · 894+ views
    Press Releases Contact: Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami 202-226-7616 For Immediate Release 03/03/2010 Pelosi Statement on Chairman Charles Rangel Washington, D.C - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this morning on Chairman Charles B. Rangel: "Chairman Charlie Rangel has informed me of his request for a leave of absence from his duties and responsibilities as Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means. I will honor his request. "I commend Chairman Rangel for his decades of leadership on jobs, health care, and the most significant economic issues of the day."
  • Chavez-Thompson wins Democratic nomination for Lt Gov (beats Ronnie Earle, Tom Delay prosecutor)

    03/03/2010 7:21:56 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies · 375+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8:08 AM Wed, Mar 03, 2010 | Terrence Stutz
    Labor leader Linda Chavez-Thompson won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor on Tuesday, capturing 53 percent of the primary vote against two opponents. She now faces incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the fall in a race that will be an uphill battle for the Democrat. Chavez-Thompson used her support from labor and Hispanic groups to establish a strong position in the race and also outspent her opponents - including former Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle - by a substantial margin. Chavez-Thompson, 65, of San Antonio, is a former executive vice president of the AFL-CIO and a vice...
  • You may be an ethics violator if ...

    03/02/2010 8:42:23 AM PST · by SloopJohnB · 7 replies · 659+ views
    Much that is wrong with Congress was well illustrated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's inability to answer a straightforward question about the ethical lapses of one of her most powerful members. Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News asked Pelosi on Sunday whether House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel should have known it was a violation of ethics rules to accept Caribbean trips paid for by special interests.Here's the exchange:
  • Anita Dunn&#8217;s Husband Becomes White House Counsel (Front Page mag)

    11/24/2009 10:36:15 PM PST · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 1,574+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 11-20-09 | John Perrazzo
    By now, millions of Americans are familiar with Anita Dunn, who recently resigned her post as Barack Obama’s White House Communications Director after it was learned that she had previously cited Mao Zedong, the late Communist dictator and mass murderer, as one of her “favorite political philosophers.” By contrast, few people know anything substantive about Dunn’s husband, Robert Bauer, who has replaced Gregory Craig as President Obama’s White House Counsel. Craig resigned abruptly on November 13, after having repeatedly denied, for weeks, that he had any plans of stepping down. A 1976 graduate of the University of Virginia School of...
  • Tom DeLay: Retired Dancer, Birther Ally

    10/08/2009 5:41:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 85 replies · 2,985+ views
    CBS News ^ | October 7, 2009 | Brian Montopoli
    Former House majority leader Tom Delay, who last night dropped out of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," has once again expressed skepticism that President Obama is a citizen of the United States. That aligns DeLay, a Republican once known as "The Hammer," with the so-called "birther" movement. The birthers' claims have repeatedly been shown to be illegitimate. Newsweek noted in an interview with DeLay that he "got into some trouble for saying on TV that you weren't sure President Obama was born in the United States." "What I said was, to answer a question from Chris Matthews, I said:...
  • Tom DeLay: 'No idea' whether Obama constitutionally eligible

    10/07/2009 11:43:55 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 24 replies · 1,766+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 07, 2009 | WorldNetDaily
    WASHINGTON – Former Republican House majority leader Tom DeLay says he has "no idea" whether Barack Obama is constitutionally eligible to serve as president because he refuses to show his birth certificate to the American people. In answer to a question from Newsweek about statements he previously made with regard to Obama's eligibility, he stated: "What I said was, to answer a question from Chris Matthews, I said: 'Why wouldn't the president of the United States show the American people his birth certificate?' You have to show a birth certificate to play little league baseball. It's a question that should...
  • 'Dancing With the Stars' results: Double trouble (Tom Delay withdraws due to stress fracture)

    10/07/2009 11:15:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies · 414+ views
    Gasp -- another double elimination! This was the second time that Season 9 ended with not one, but two couples who had their run for the coveted Mirrorball trophy cut short. Maybe it was because she never made all her steps ignite, or maybe it was because the two different pronunciations of her name confused viewers and split her votes, but actress Debi Mazar just couldn’t muster up enough fan support to make it past the third week. And after several news reports that he was dropping out, Tom DeLay, who performed his samba with stress fractures, announced that he...
  • Tom DeLay to quit 'Dancing With the Stars'

    10/06/2009 3:33:33 PM PDT · by Justaham · 5 replies · 800+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10-06-09
    Tom DeLay is gearing up to quit ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” as a result of stress fractures in both of his feet, according to a report from People magazine. The former Republican House Majority Leader will withdraw on tonight’s live results show, according to People. He was advised by his doctors not to perform with partner Cheryl Burke on Monday’s show, but did so anyway. During the broadcast, he told fans and judges, “What’s a little pain when we can party.” While the judges praised him for his effort, he did not score well and finished second to last....
  • Tom Delay Dances The Samba With A Giant GOP Elephant On The Back Of His Shirt (Photos)

    10/05/2009 11:10:46 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 17 replies · 1,501+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 10/6/09 | talkradio03
    The Hammer on Dancing with the Stars went against the advise of the show Producer and wore a red outfit with the GOP elephant on the back...(Link to the video added)
  • Tom Delay? Celebrities I Hope We Never, Ever Have To See on "Dancing With The Stars!"

    09/29/2009 9:44:08 AM PDT · by LoonCreative · 31 replies · 1,251+ views
    Info Barrel ^ | 9/29/2009 | Loon Creative
    From Cloris Leachman to Evander Holyfield, Tatum O’Neal to Jerry Springer , Priscilla Presley to Steve-O. You’d think we’d seen it all on ABC TV’s “Dancing With The Stars.” But those crafty “Dancing With The Stars” producers just keep surprising us with something unusual each season. The contestant choices are designed to keep us on our toes, but more often I think they just keep our fingers on the remote. In the interest of better judgment, here are ten celebrities I hope we never, ever have to see as “Dancing With The Stars” contestants! Britney Spears: Haven’t we had just...