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Coverage of letter from ex-GOP lawmakers

Reuters does a nice job writing up the letter from 10 former Republican Members of the House

As does Bloomberg.

Letter to House Leaders from former GOP Members of Congress

We're helping to distribute this powerful, strongly-worded letter to Republican leaders in the House demanding that they stop acting like they're defending Tom DeLay and restore integrity to the House.

The NYT's Shenon and Stolberg pick up the story in this morning's newspaper:

Slowed to a trickle because of the drip, drip, drip

According to a story by Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News (registration required), DeLay's legal defense fund's receipts slowed to just $50,000 in the first quarter of this year, as compared to the $430,000 it took in for the last half of 2004.


Just in from National Journal's CongressDaily, a report from ousted Ethics Committee Chairman Joel Hefley (R-CO) on the response of GOPers when an "unidentified member" (House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO)) spoke up for Tom DeLay at the weekly Republican Conference meeting:

Steve and Cokie Roberts Add Their Two Cents

Political commentators Steve and Cokie Roberts offer up these tidbits on DeLay, his ethical woes, and what should be done about them and DeLay:

"Thanks to his repeated refusal to play by the ethical rules, DeLay has stained the reputation of the institution he leads. And his fellow Republicans have compounded the damage by sabotaging the system for holding members accountable.

New litmus test for GOP Representatives: Stand by your man, or else

No joke.

Support DeLay, or else.

Groups on the far right are rallying grassroots troops to support DeLay. The targets: wavering GOP members of Congress, who obstensibly are led by DeLay in the House. Do you think this will go over well with moderate GOP members of the House already worried about DeLay's scandals and what it's doing to the Republican Party?

Wow. This might be brutal, or fun, to watch.

Lautenberg takes DeLay to the mat

Atrios, via Raw Story:

April 1, 2005

Tom DeLay
Majority Leader
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Majority Leader DeLay,

Anniston (AL) Star: GOP needs a new leader

Another paper urges its state's GOP delegation to get rid of DeLay.

From today's Anniston (AL) Star:

"The Hammer" co-author Lou Dubose talks with RadioNation

Marc Cooper of RadioNation interviews the outspoken, cogent co-author of The Hammer, Lou Dubose. Worth a listen.

Common Cause has a great run-down, petition tops 15,000

Common Cause put out talking points and a great Q&A today on DeLay's scandals.