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"The DeLay Effect" Endangers House Republicans

According to Mike Allen of The Washington Post, Republican strategists are beginning to worry that the recent ethics scandals surrounding Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) might have a negative impact on his colleagues in the 2006 elections.

DeLay Again Featured on NBC Show; Majority Leader Steps up Attack

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, stepped up his rhetoric against NBC yesterday in an on-going feud over the use of his name in primetime television shows.

In Wednesday's season finale of Law & Order, a police officer searching for a suspect in a murder of a federal judge suggested looking for "somebody in a Tom DeLay T-shirt."

Public Campaign Action Fund statement

We released the following statement today...


Washington—The watchdog group Public Campaign Action Fund released the following statement from its National Campaigns Director, David Donnelly, regarding today’s ruling against Tom DeLay’s Texans for a Republican Majority PAC (TRMPAC):

The Results Are In

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned a contest that Al Kamen was running in the Washington Post to "Name That Scandal." "That scandal" of course being all of the recent troubles that Tom DeLay (R-TX) has been having with superlobbyists, expensive trips, etc.

Kamen has chosen his winners, from which David and I picked our favorites. Here they are, in no particular order...

THIS IS YOUR LIFE, TOM DELAY: A Decade Of (Dubious) Achievement

May 2005
Dogged by scandal for his unethical behavior, Tom DeLay is “saluted” at the Capital Hilton at a gala sponsored by the American Conservative Union. More than 100 of DeLay’s constituents respond by sending him a letter critical of his decision to celebrate while he neglects the needs of people in his district.

May 2004

People are talking...

Check out what and David Sirota are saying about the DeLay rankings.

Chris Bowers writes on

"The current Republican Congress is so deeply under DeLay's thumb that it is hard for me to imagine how even another ethical rebuke will cause him to lose his leadership postition...At the same time, so many people are in DeLay's pocket, that his scandals will eventually come to consume several other Republican members."

Call on Hastert to Appoint Outside Counsel

In response to the news that Reps. Cole and Smith were recusing themselves, Public Campaign Action Fund put out the statement below:

Watchdog Group Calls on Hastert to Appoint Outside Counsel on DeLay

Making a Name for Himself.

Tom DeLay has made quite a name for himself in recent months. In Time magazine this week, Perry Bacon Jr. and Karen Tumulty write that according to a poll by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, DeLay’s name ID has hit 77 percent.

They also point out that calls to congressional offices concerning Delay have jumped sharply, and his fellow members of Congress are now hearing concern over the scandals when they go home to their districts.

Let the Parlor Games Begin.

Al Kamen of The Washington Post, in anticipation of months of allegations, investigations and leaks surrounding Tom DeLay, has opened up a game of “Name that Scandal.”

"Names ending in -gate, while not banned, will start with a 10-point penalty. Themes could include golf, casinos, Native Americans, Scotland, travel, termites, and hammers and other household tools."

News round up, Monday morning

Over the weekend, two major pieces appeared regarding DeLay's friend Jack Abramoff, the disgraced superlobbyist at the center of the junkets and Native American casino scandals.