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04 November 2005

More DeLay DeVelopments

The New York Times reports that Tom DeLay asked his lobbyist buddy, indicted super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, to raise money for him through a private charity.
"Did you get the message from the guys that Tom wants us to raise some bucks from Capital Athletic Foundation?" Mr. Abramoff asked a colleague in a message on June 6, 2002, referring to the charity. "I have six clients in for $25K. I recommend we hit everyone who cares about Tom's requests. I have another few to hit still."
Sounds so matter-of-fact, doesn't it, like they were rounding up sponsors for a Rotary Club golf outing. But the Rotary Club seldom gets their hands in this many pockets:
Mr. Abramoff's private charity, the Capital Athletic Foundation, has come under scrutiny by Senate investigators since the foundation was used to underwrite overseas travel by members of Congress and senior government officials, as well as a Jewish day school that Mr. Abramoff had established and paramilitary training for kibbutz residents in Israel. Mr. Abramoff's e-mail messages describe the training program as a "sniper school.
If you're looking for some people to owe you a favor, a group of trained snipers isn't a bad place to start. For more on Abramoff and others' exploitation of Israel connections as cover, see here.
Now is not the time for Republicans to get defensive about Tom DeLay. Being this tight with a guy like this should have marked DeLay as radioactive a while ago. And his failure to keep a lid on spending, which is all anyone would ever expect from a Republican House Majority Leader, renders him unworthy of extraordinary support from the rank and file. It's time to leave ol' Tom to twist slowly in De Wind.
Note: in the interest of fairness, if you are inclined to support the former Majority Leader, here's an important message on how you can do just that.

5 Comments:

Anonymous jimbo said...

My advice coming from way over on the other side for the Repub Party is basically the same as yours, cut TD loose. If they could get someone as effective who doesn´t rub so many of us the wrong way, who isn´t so "in your face" all the time, they would have a potent weapon indeed. But maybe that kind of behavior comes with the territory.

November 04, 2005 3:58 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

But maybe that kind of behavior comes with the territory
Could be - how do you get to be a majority leader these days - not by being the most astute policymaker on the floor - you need the kind of personality that leads to this very kind of abuse.

November 04, 2005 7:43 AM  
Blogger C. Van Carter said...

How unsympathetic is Tom DeLay? Not even his wife has seen fit to purchase a pair of "Free DeLay!" thong panties. Sad.

It's ironic the completely bogus Ronnie Earl prosecution actually will serve to help DeLay in defending himself in the Abramoff matters by muddying the waters.

November 04, 2005 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Harlem said...

I think I said several months ago that DeLay was a sleaze who was going to be nothing but trouble for the already seriously troubled Repubs but, back then, all was fine. Now the Presidency & party are in shambles and I don't want to say "I told you so' but more like "you should have known". I think the serious question is whether it is personal or systemic? As suggested, is there a way to rise to "power" in our current system without this kind of crap? It appears not. How do we fix it? John McCain, the anticipated Republican savior/good guy must be sweating bullets.

November 05, 2005 1:09 AM  
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