Sunday, April 10, 2005

Two GOP politicians distance themselves from DeLay

First, there's Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), who said on ABC News this morning:

"I think [DeLay] has to come forward and lay out what he did and why he did it and let the people then judge for themselves," said Santorum, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

A little bit of daylight between the House creator of the K Street Project, and his Senate counterpart, who mimicked DeLay's courting of the corporate lobby on K Street. This is an interesting development because Santorum is so close to the religious right which is out in force defending DeLay.

Perhaps more importantly, but also predictably, Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) comes within a hair's breadth of saying DeLay should go. The Greenwich Times and the Connecticut Post have Shays telling a crowd in the district:

"He is on the thinnest of ice as far as I'm concerned," said Shays, who noted that the conservative Texan has been reprimanded three times by the House ethics committee. "That is disquieting. It raises huge questions that Democrats have a right to raise." (from the Connecticut Post)


"Do I think Tom DeLay will be the majority leader by the end of this term? No," Shays said. "I don't think Tom DeLay is going to survive. He goes to the edge and he goes beyond . . . Even knowing there's a microscope on him, he continues to do these things." (Greenwich Times)

But more damning is this quote in the Greenwich Times that I feel like I've said a hundred times:

"He is an absolute embarrassment to me and to the Republican Party," U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Bridgeport, told more than 50 Greenwich residents yesterday morning at Town Hall.


  • I have been watching Rep Shays for a while. This guy is what the Republican party should be about. He was loudly against bending the rules for Delay a few months ago. He also held a REAL town meeting when he couldn't decide how to vote on Clinton's impeachment.

    This guy should be the face of the Republican party. Sure, I don't agree with him on everything, but he is willing to work to find a solution.


    By Blogger Crackpot Press, at 4:36 PM  

  • Cut me some slack boy. I run Congress. I could have you arrested under Provision 13.4 of the Patriot Act.

    By Blogger Tom DeLay, at 4:41 PM  

  • The only slack you are gonna get is when your noose is cut free!

    By Blogger Crackpot Press, at 6:11 PM  

  • And the Democrats talk about Delay saying things that could incite a riot. Slack in a noose sure sounds similiar to KKK tactics to me. What next? A call to burn crosses on Delays' front yard? Smoking way too much crack over there at CRACKpot press!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:59 PM  

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