Friday, May 27, 2005

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."

The latest flap was touched off by next week’s “Fear Factor” episode, which features one segment in which House Ethics Committee members are challenged to go on the record supporting an investigation into DeLay’s many scandals. Rep. DeLay, nicknamed ‘The Hammer’ for his hard-charging ways, wrote a letter in protest of the network.

“NBC is out to besmirch my good name before the Ethics Committee has the opportunity to clear me,” said DeLay, in a prepared statement. “The time will come for the TV producers responsible for this to answer for their behavior.”

One member of the House, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of losing campaign contributions, said that DeLay ought to lighten up. “He knows that none of the Republicans on the committee would pass this test,” said the member, a Republican. “If they do, he can just remove them from the committee. What’s the big deal?”

NBC had no immediate comment.

Last week, the network’s entertainment chief, Kevin Reilly, defended the Law and Order use of DeLay’s name. “It's not unusual for L & O to mention real names in its fictional stories. We're confident in our viewers' ability to distinguish between the two,” he said.

But that didn’t stop DeLay from stepping up the war of words. Caught before heading into fundraising event at a golf course, DeLay reacted with strong words about the upcoming show.

“NBC may think it is okay to use my name in a show that blurs the line between fiction and real life. But this here’s a so-called reality show. Viewers of NBC’s ‘Fear Factor’ know that show is for real. What excuse will they trot out this time?”

In an unrelated matter, DeLay’s office announced that the next congressional elections will be run under the rules of CBS's ‘Survivor’ and will be held on the Northern Marianas Islands, newly annexed into DeLay’s suburban Houston district. Democrats have asked the courts to look at the matter.

“We will vote the Democrats off the island once and for all,” the Majority Leader declared.

(Have a great Memorial Day weekend, folks. -- DD)


  • Regarding DeLay tossing Democrats off the Mariana Islands:

    Maybe the Democrats can hide in the barracks that DeLay's and Armey's textile factory buddies built for the indentured workers from China. I hear the workers' guards - oops, excuse me, I meant "housing administrators" are open to alternate income streams.

    Btw, too bad about having to show "Mariana Islands" on the "Made in the USA" label now. I guess since the Texans put up the money for the factories and housing, and got DeLay and Armey to get their taxes waived, they were under the impression the islands were now property of the state of Texas.

    Oh, ya know, I seem to recall something about the money used to build the textile factories and slave quarters - oops, I mean workers' barracks. Maybe the Texans didn't use their own money after all. Well, they started to, but there was some reimbursement involved, I think. If I'm not mistaken, DeLay and Armey got friends in the House to provide low-interest FORGIVABLE loans.Wonder how that worked out...

    I know one thing - the Democrats could easily hide in the factory workers' barracks, because the workers are all Chinese citizens, under contract to the Chinese government, and are not allowed to mingle or talk to non-Chinese on the island, except to buy personal care items. No one would ever know the Democrats had bribed their way in!

    By Anonymous Chicago Stone Pro, at 1:35 AM  

  • Hi, this might be a little of subject-- but I found some interesting information today. First of all , my parents are in the middle of a divorce and my dad recently told my mom that he had an affair with Dani DeLay Ferro! Although I was slightly dissapointed, it just made sense and was kind of funny. Although this is not directly related to him, feel free to exploit it! Thanks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:51 PM  

  • Brilliant. I actually thought the Fear Factor story was true and was on the point of linking to it as such.

    Sad that DeLay is so awful as to make the story believable, but congrats on the verisimilitude.

    By Blogger Arnold P. California, at 8:17 AM  

  • The woman who writes this lives in my hometown. She's a hoot!!!!

    She also wrote a funny one about a bakery in Delay's distirct -

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:45 PM  

  • Its time for a real "Tom Delay" t-shirt. Look for one on Ebay....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:27 PM  

  • I'm very confused over Delay's threatening comments about his name being used on a prime time entertainment TV show. Does he not hold a job in "PUBLIC" office? Maybe he is the one that is confused since he is pushing to go to "Mars". I guess he learned that line from Bush.

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