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Hastert Gets Unwanted Attention

Over at The Washington Post, today there is a report on how House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) could become a new focus of scrutiny. While he has largely escaped attention as scandal engulfs Tom DeLay and other members of his party, the fact that he has repeatedly stood up for DeLay could come back to haunt him:

Off to the races

Today is the big day: House Republicans will vote on which version of DeLay-ism will be their new majority leader: Roy Blunt (R-MS), John Boehner (R-OH), or John Shadegg (R-AZ).

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Nobody Wants to Talk About the Elephant in the Room

This week has been a big one for lobby reform, with Congressional Republicans releasing their draft plans for lobbying reform and the Democrats following suit yesterday. Notably absent from all these proposals is any mention of public financing of elections, or, frankly, any mention of campaign finance reform at all. It's as if nobody wants to talk about the proverbial elephant in the room.

Radio Report

"To the Point" with Warren Olney was tons of fun. I went on right after Rep. Dreier.

Radio Alert!

I'm going on NPR's "To the Point" show, hosted by Warren Olney, today. The topic is lobbying reform. The guests include Rep. David Dreier (the House Rules Chairman who has been tapped by Speaker Hastert to manage the House Republican leadership's reform proposal), Jan Baran (former counsel to the RNC), and Larry Noble (executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, and former counsel to the FEC). The show airs live from 2-3pm eastern (we're on from about 2:20-2:45); check your stations for local listings.

Blunt = Boehner = DeLay

A report in today's Bloomberg news makes the same point we have here, that House majority leader contenders Reps. Roy Blunt of Missouri and John Boehner of Ohio are both awfully close to Tom DeLay and K Street:

DeLay considers resigning from Congress

From the Houston Chronicle story:

DeLay told the Chronicle Saturday that in recent days he discussed his situation with GOP leaders, including Hastert, and considered several options, including resigning from Congress.

DeLay to Appropriations Committee?

Mark Schmitt catches the key phrase from DeLay's separate letter to Hastert:


I will also be reclaiming my seat on the Appropriations Committee when the second session of the 109th Congress convenes later this month.

DeLay's Letter to Colleagues

Here it is:

Dear Colleague:

Today, I have asked Speaker Hastert to convene our conference for the purpose of electing a new majority leader, the position I have been honored to fill these past three years through the trust and confidence of our colleagues.

Some GOP Members Turning On DeLay

CQ (no link available) reports today that some Republicans have approached House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) asking for his help to urge Tom DeLay to give up his goal to return to the leadership. Hastert says he won't do it. A "senior Republican" is quoted saying that “The chances of a leadership election are better than 50-50."