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October 06, 2004

Rebuked Again

By Byron LaMasters

Tom DeLay's free fall continues:

The House ethics committee Wednesday criticized House Majority Leader Tom DeLay for conduct that appeared to link political donations to legislation and for improperly contacting U.S. aviation authorities for political purposes, House sources said Wednesday. The committee’s findings were an extraordinary second rebuke of the Texas Republican’s ethical conduct in just six days.

The committee of five Democrats and five Republicans deferred to Texas authorities’ allegations that DeLay violated state campaign finance rules.

I'd encourage all of the Kos readers following the link over here tonight, to take this opportunity to give to Richard Morrison, and the redistricted Democrats here in Texas running hard-fought campaigns against right-wing Republicans in tough districts (learn more about the Texas Democratic Congressional races over at our group blog: Texas Tuesdays). Or just donate to the DCCC.

Update: The Houston Chronicle has a more in-depth story on DeLay's latest rebuke today.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at October 6, 2004 07:25 PM | TrackBack


I'm really glad that he has been rebuked again, but some of my own thoughts and feelings say this is more smoke than fire and DeLay will weather it unless we raise a big fuss.

Posted by: Nate at October 6, 2004 10:30 PM

I live in Lubbock, and I've gotta tell you that if I wasn't voting a straight ticket, I'd seriously consider a protest vote against Stenholm. He's a Democrat in name only. Except for the farm subsidies, which are all he's running on, he's indistinguishible from a Repug. When it comes to stuff like guns, choice, prayer in schools, "school choice", Iraq...he's a Freeper that takes Dem cash.

He doesn't even identify himself as a Democrat in his ads. He says he's an "Independent." Whatever. Fine, give the Democratic party its money back and go Repug, Charlie. Others have.

Posted by: Kathy at October 6, 2004 10:44 PM

Yeah, and Stenholm would have about a good of a chance winning as a liberal in Lubbock as a right winger would in San Francisco. He's representing his district in the truest sense of the word. He's also an old school populist- progressive on issues that effect working folks (he's a staunch supporter of Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid) and conservative on social issues. I like the guy and he's a great voice for the people of West Texas.

Furthermore, the most important vote he'll cast as a member of Congress is the first one- whether Denny Hastert or Nancy Pelosi will be speaker. Almost as important- will Tom DeLay be Majority Leader or Minority Whip? Will he be the most powerful man in the country or will he be begging for a good slot on Hardball? Its that simple- vote for Stenholm.

Posted by: Andrew D at October 7, 2004 12:19 AM

Diddo to what Andrew said. Stenholm has represented a 70% GOP district for decades now. If he didn't vote the way he did, he'd be defeated by a Republican that would vote in lockstep with Tom DeLay (see Randy Neugebauer). Stenholm might not be a great Democrat, but he's an independent voice and a vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker.

Posted by: Byron L at October 7, 2004 01:34 AM

Yes. What Byron said... party and power over principle any and every day.

The makings of a Democratic comeback. lol

Posted by: Chris Elam at October 7, 2004 02:12 AM

I'm in Lubbock, too, and I won't have any problem pulling the lever for Stenholm. Yes, he's got to stealth his party affiliation to run, but anyone who ran as a hard-left liberal in Lubbock would be committing political suicide.

Stenholm has been honorably representing rural Texas for much, much longer than Neugebauer, and people around here know that. Even here, he's getting an unexpected amount of support from people who are willing to look at effectiveness first, and party politics last.

Posted by: Scooter at October 7, 2004 09:53 AM
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