Wednesday, November 17, 2004

House GOP votes to protect DeLay

From the Associated Press:

By a voice vote, and with a handful of lawmakers voicing opposition, the House Republican Conference decided that a party committee of several dozen members would review any felony indictment of a party leader and recommend at that time whether the leader should step aside.

Basically, they watered down the initial version that would have removed the rule requiring a member step down from leadership or a committee chair if indicted by a state grand jury. But they gave themselves plenty of wiggle room. We will have to wait and see if DeLay gets indicted and they use the wiggle room or not.

Who do you think voiced opposition?

We will probably want to respond with something, so check back here, or offer your suggestions below.

Update: How do you think DeLay voted? For it? Then he is self-serving. Against it? Then he did not want them to do it. Abstain? Well, that there is an admission of conflict of interest.

Update II: Chris Shays and Zach Wamp both expressed opposition publicly. Shays said 30 to 50 members opposed. Wamp asked for a secret recorded vote. What is that? Why record a secret, if not for releasing it later? That went down, too.


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