Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Chicago Tribune focuses on scandals' impact on others

Jill Zuckman of the Chicago Tribune identifies the trouble territory for DeLay and the Republicans:
A groundswell of criticism generated by alleged ethical lapses concerning House Majority Leader Tom Delay is forcing the Texas lawmaker to seek support from GOP colleagues and is threatening to harm the Republican legislative agenda on Capitol Hill.

DeLay plans to start talking to fellow Republicans in his own defense this week, a senior aide said, as Democrats intensify their attacks on him in an effort to neutralize their longtime foe.

While DeLay defends himself against questions about his fundraising activities and travels, as well as the dealings of lobbyists closely aligned with his office, Democrats and their supporters are sensing a rare opportunity and have launched a multipronged effort to publicize the allegations against him.



  • I almost started thinking that it might be good if Tom DeLay sticks around. He might do more damage to the Republicans that way.

    By Blogger Thomas, at 9:32 PM  

  • If the people don't vote this asshole out of office ASAP it will be a sorry day for the Republicans that try to defend him.

    Hes a thief, and hes useless unless hes after graft and easy money he does nothing for this country! Impeach him!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:57 AM  

  • Former Texas Republican Party Executive Director Milton Rister has been subpoenaed. Rister's wife Nancy is the Williamson County Clerk.

    Williamson County is the home of Bill Fairbrother, founder of GOPUSA.com, Williamson County Republican Party Chairman, and head of the Texas Republican County Chairman's Association, among other things.

    The Williamson County Republican Party, though it has a unique Filer ID with the Texas Ethics Commission, has never filed a financial disclosure report. The only way this is not a violation of Texas Election Code is if they have never received corporate donations or donations from labor groups. However, they have numerous businesses listed as "sponsors" of an annual "Reagan Day Dinner" on their website -- giving the appearance of having accepted contributions.

    The people of Texas and the United States need to know if those disclosures should have been filed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:16 PM  

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