The Tom DeLay Allegations

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    Do any of you Texans who participate on this board have any new information re the allegations against Tom DeLay? The following article appeared in our newspaper today. Bode is a liberal columnist, so is this just politics being played out or is there truth in these allegations?

    It sounds Like Tom DeLay Really Needs Those Prayers
    By Ken Bode for The Indianapolis Star
    March 18, 2005

    Pray for Tom DeLay. This is not my advice. This is an urgent alert issued on the Internet with the headline: "Rep. Tom DeLay Under Fire, Christian Statesman Targeted."

    It is possible that DeLay needs your prayers because the GOP House majority leader is indeed taking incoming fire these days. It happens that this high-ranking lawmaker has a persistent problem with ethics. Three times in the last year he has been admonished for official misconduct. Then there is the long-running investigation back home in Texas that threatens DeLay with a criminal felony indictment for skirting the laws regulating campaign finance.

    Let's step back a second. The owner of a pest control company, DeLay hated the Environmental Protection Agency, so he decided to go into politics. After six years in the Texas legislature, he was elected to Congress in 1984 and rose quickly in the GOP's minority ranks, joining the leadership when Newt Gingrich won the speakership.

    DeLay, who is known as "The Hammer," has fashioned his political career on the Machiavellian principle that it is better to be feared than loved. As his power grew, so did his determination to build a permanent Republican majority in Washington. Nothing wrong with any of that.

    However, DeLay's problem is not uncommon in Washington. As power grows so does the notion that legal and ethical constraints are meant for others. The Chicago Democrat Dan Rostenkowski spent a little time in a minimum-security federal prison for acting on that idea.

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    http://www.indystar.com/articles/3/230003-3043.021.html
     
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    Delay appears to have violated texas state campaign laws. I hope that he's soon indicted and is removed from the political scene so he causes no further damage.
     
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    "appears to have violated texas state campaign laws" doesn't mean that it's true. This could just be Texas "Gotcha!" politicians playing their game.
     
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    could be, but if an honest look at the prosecuter shows that he's gone after more dems than he has republicans, one would see that the 'crackpot' prosecuter remarks are only said to deflect a possible indictment.
     
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    Can you direct me to some articles on this topic that do not contain the words "alleged", "suspected", "charged", "appear to be", etc.? I would just like to find the other side of this story.
     
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    other side of the campaign finance law violation? or tom delay in general?
     
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    The allegations have been made against DeLay. Now I am interested in knowing what the truth is. I thought perhaps there was more information in the Texas newspapers and on radio and TV newscasts in the state than had been made available to the general public through the mainstream media (that group, you know, that picks and chooses what it wants to report).
     
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    As I understand it, the allegations point to delay because of some emails that seem to specifically state that he was being informed of where monies were headed for candidates. The investigation is still ongoing as far as that goes. So far, its only allegations that he knew about it, not that he specifically directed it, but texas law still prohibits that since it's a PAC he created.
     
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    Whatever DeLay may or may not have done in Texas, he is the motive force behind the federal government's shameless and unethical interference in the Terri Schiavo case. This grotesque meddling and power grabbing by the federal government endangers many of our rights.

    It is time that we put schemers like DeLay out in the street. He may be a Republican, but he's damn sure no conservative.

    This pack of hacks opened an investigation simply to circumvent the ruling of the Florida judge. Their specious "investigation" was hatched because so long as Terri is under subpoena she cannot be allowed to die.

    This has become a bizarre circus and Delay and the other hacks need to pay for their meddling in the next election.
     
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    Merlin, thank you. :beer:
     

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