07 January 2006

DeLay run out on rail "abandons" bid to regain House leadership

WASHINGTON - Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay on Saturday abandoned his bid to remain as House majority leader, clearing the way for leadership elections among Republicans eager to shed the taint of scandal.

In a letter to rank-and-file Republicans, DeLay said, "I have 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.
I bet the Hammer thought that that square-jawed, tough talk would just give everyone the vapors. Sorry Tom, but all the self-sacrificing posing in the world isn't going to hide the GOP boot in your ass:
Tide Turning Against DeLay

By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 7, 2006; Page A04

Rank-and-file House Republicans took the first formal step toward permanently replacing Rep. Tom DeLay (Tex.) in the House's leadership by unveiling a petition to hold a special leadership election in the coming weeks.

The petition -- drafted by moderate Reps. Charles Bass (N.H.) and Christopher Shays (Conn.) and conservative Rep. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) with the support of as many as two dozen members -- is the latest blow to DeLay, who was forced to relinquish his post as majority leader in September after he was indicted in Texas on campaign finance charges..."People are worried about the other shoe waiting to drop," Flake said yesterday. "Fairly or not," he said, DeLay has "become the public face of a culture gone bad in Washington."
Beautiful. They're not even bothering with trying to spin this as DeLay getting a raw deal, anymore. Here are your adversaries, Tom: the members of your own party who recognize just how radioactive all your dirty deals have made you. Getting unceremoniously thrown under the bus couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.

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