Wednesday, September 28, 2005

DeLay Indicted

Tom DeLay, who had been serving as House Majority Leader, is now officially under indictment by a Texas grand jury on one count of criminal conspiracy, the AP reports. DeLay's office has lashed out at the prosecutor responsible for the charge, and the Congressman has said he will temporarily step down as Majority Leader as required by House GOP ethics rules. Speaker Dennis Hastert reportedly will ask Rep. David Dreier to assume DeLay's duties, as Fox reports "There is some talk that the Republican leadership in the House has been preparing for this eventuality."

This is going to make things very very interesting for the next few weeks.

[Update: House Majority Whip Roy Blunt will take over DeLay's duties at Majority Leader, Bloomberg reports. He was elected by a vote of the 231-member GOP caucus this evening. Deputy Whip Eric Cantor and David Dreier will take on additional responsibilities. -- 6:33 p.m.]

5 Comments:

At 2:17 PM, Blogger yellojkt said...

Like no one saw this coming. He's been "unindicted co-conspirator for months." When they couldn't rewrite ethics rules to immunize him, they had to go to Secret Plan B.

 
At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Paul Wartenberg said...

Whadda ya mean, Secret Plan B? Having him shoot his own foot off by claiming no fat on a bloated deficit plagued budget? You're right, an insanity defense could be plausible here...

 
At 4:10 PM, Blogger Peter said...

OK..Here are my quick thoughts- David Drier is gay. Unfortunately, Republicans will attack Drier and he will likely lose his seat as a result of his promotion. It is a shame that a 13 term congressman will be voted out by bigoted right-wing extremists. Mark my words - that will happen. It is a shame.

What is more of a shame is that David Drier has consistently voted against gay rights issues. Is he so afraid that voters won't like him for who he is that he votes against issues that are part of a "gay rights agenda." He voted for the Protection of Marriage Act, against gay adoption, on and on. The latter is really just a violation of civil rights, but regardless..this will all blow up in the face of Republicans in 2006 and David Dreier. Too bad.

 
At 6:08 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

Everywhere I look, I see GOP scandal...

 
At 7:55 PM, Blogger Phil S said...

Hastert hadn't gotten the memo from James Dobson-had to change direction and named Roy Blount instead. Wouldn't want to have any gay people in a high profile position in the Republican Party.

 

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