November 6, 2005
DeLay sets the dogs on Earle
DeLay’s defense tactics—for those of you not lucky enough to live in Austin—sink to a new low:
With his future tied to the outcome of a criminal indictment in Texas, Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) is using an extraordinary array of campaign tactics to try to win his court battle and save his political career.
... The effort includes television advertisement that portrays Earle as a snarling Rottweiler, a staff of well-connected communications aides and skillful lawyers, e-mail blitzes, talking points for friendly radio hosts, speeches and a bulging legal defense fund.
… Through most of last month, DeLay’s allies at the conservative Free Enterprise Fund saturated Austin with TV advertisements depicting Earle as a drooling attack dog.
“Bad, Ronnie, bad,” intones the narrator, in an ad created by Nelson Warfield, who was spokesman for Republican Robert J. Dole’s 1996 White House campaign. “It’s not a crime to be a conservative.”
DeLay’s lead lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, said he wanted the ad campaign stopped, because it was “unduly personal.” But Todd Schorle, a spokesman for the Free Enterprise Fund, said DeLay’s team made no effort to contact the fund.
Of course. I’m sure Tom and Dick are outraged by the campaign, and have absolutely nothing to do with it. Wonder if it’s working?
[P]ower in Washington, if not exercised, slips away quickly, said a senior House Republican, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he did not want to jeopardize his relationship with DeLay.
“DeLay knows this,” the lawmaker said. “He knows every day that goes by is a day he grows weaker.”
And edges closer to jail.
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