January 7, 2006
RIP Tom DeLay
WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom DeLay, under indictment on criminal charges in Texas, announced Saturday that he will not try to reclaim his job as majority leader of the House of Representatives.
In a letter to rank-and-file Republicans, DeLay says he has “always acted in an ethical manner.’
At the same time, “I cannot allow our adversaries to divide and distract our attention,” the Texas Republican wrote.
The Texas Republican was forced to step aside from the No. 2 leadership job in September after he was indicted in Texas on a campaign finance case.
In a separate letter to Speaker Dennis Hastert, DeLay said he intends to seek re-election to his House seat in November “while I work to clear my name of the baseless charges leveled against me.”
… Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt, the party whip who temporarily has filled in for DeLay, was expected to run for majority leader.
You can read more about Blunt’s own little problems here.
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