WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Tom DeLay said Wednesday he will step aside as House majority leader following his indictment by a Texas grand jury on conspiracy charges.As I've said before, the corruption in the Republican ranks is reaching unprecedented heights and, lucky for us, it's all happening at once. DeLay not only has this to deal with, but multiple ethics issues still swirling in the House and the toxic connection to Jack Abramoff. On the other side of the Capitol, Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist is under fire for his recent stock dump. (And if you don't think that will be a problem, you missed the CBS Evening News last night. Frist came off like a pedophile.) Plus, in the biggest development of all, we still have Patrick FitzGerald waiting to hand down indictments in the Plame scandal. This could be a banner season for disgraced Republicans.
DeLay attorney Steve Brittain said DeLay was accused of a criminal conspiracy along with two associates, John Colyandro, former executive director of a Texas political action committee formed by DeLay, and Jim Ellis, who heads DeLay's national political committee.
"The defendants entered into an agreement with each other or with TRMPAC (Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee) to make a political contribution in violation of the Texas election code," says the four-page indictment. "The contribution was made directly to the Republican National Committee within 60 days of a general election."
The indictment against the second-ranking, and most assertive Republican leader came on the final day of the grand jury's term. It followed earlier indictments of a state political action committee founded by DeLay and three of his political associates.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Ding Dong, DeLay is Dead!
In the latest sign that there is, in fact, a righteous God, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R- ) has just been indicted by a Texas grand jury on conspiracy charges.