DeLay Quits Leadership Post
Embattled Rep.decided Saturday to give up his post as House majority leader, clearing the way for new leadership elections among House Republicans eager to shed the taint of scandal, two officials said.
His about-face came amid growing pressure from fellow Republicans who were concerned about their own political futures in the wake of this week's guilty pleas by lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt (news, bio, voting record), the party whip who temporarily has filled in for DeLay, was expected to run for majority leader.
Rep. John Boehner (news, bio, voting record) of Ohio, a former member of the leadership, is also likely to run.
Blunt is Mini-Me to DeLay's Dr. Evil.
Boehner is infamous for handing out tobacco campaign contributions on the FLOOR OF CONGRESS.
Way to clean up your image, GOP.