Tuesday, August 08, 2006
What will DeLay do?
From The Morning Grind

We now wait word to see if former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) will run for his old seat or if the GOP will try to launch a write in campaign for another candidate, after the Texas Republican Party's request to remove DeLay's name from the ballot was denied by the U.S. Supreme Court.

DeLay, who is fighting a state money-laundering indictment, announced his resignation from Congress shortly after winning the GOP nomination for a 12th term in March. At the time, he acknowledged another Republican would have a better shot of getting re-elected in November.

In order to remove his name from the ballot, DeLay moved to Virginia and registered to vote in that state. But a lower court ruled that state Republicans could not guarantee that DeLay would be living in Virginia on the day of the general election and could not have him declared ineligible until afterward. Should DeLay reverse course and run for his old seat, Democrats have told the Grind they plan to try and use DeLay to help nationalize the elections. DeLay, an outspoken conservative, has suffered politically from his association with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to a variety of corruption charges and has been cooperating with investigators looking into allegations of corruption on Capitol Hill.

While DeLay has not been linked to wrongdoing in the Abramoff probe, two of his former staffers -- Tony Rudy and Michael Scanlon -- have pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the investigation.

Posted By Mark Preston, CNN Political Unit: 8/08/2006 12:01:00 PM ET | Permalink
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