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Tom DeLay Ad Featured On ABC's Nightline

Last night, ABC's Nightline used the ad Public Campaign Action Fund and Campaign for America's Future produced during their piece on Tom DeLay's resignation announcement. The ad Nightline used ran this past January in Tom DeLay's district.

Click here to watch it. It's also attached to this post (see "Attachment" below).

Here are the links to the full ad:

Watch it. (MPEG - 4.46 MB)

Media Coverage on DeLay

Public Campaign Action Fund was part of a multi-organization press conference yesterday to talk about the DeLay resignation. Below are links to the stories stemming from the press call (David is quoted in a few):

 


Austin American-Statesman

Bob Ney steps down

For anybody who missed it, Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) over the weekend resigned his position as chairman of the House Administration Committee. Ney has come under fire for his close ties to Jack Abramoff, particularly after he was identified as "representative no. 1" in the court documents filed as part of Jack Abramoff's guildty plea.

Did the Court inform DeLay of their decision on Friday?

Nancy just wrote up the decision by the (all-Republican) court of appeals in Texas to reject's DeLay request for a speedy trial below.

This begs the question, as a colleague just suggested to me: Did the Court tell DeLay on Friday of its decision, thereby pushing DeLay to issue his statement on Saturday that he wouldn't seek to return to his leadership position?

TX High Court Denied DeLay Request to Drop Money Laundering Charges

This just in from the AP:

The [Texas] highest criminal court on Monday denied Rep. Tom DeLay's request that the money laundering charges against him be dismissed or be sent back to a lower court for an immediate trial...

DeLay and his attorneys had been trying to rush to trial in Texas in hopes of clearing his name and allowing him to regain the position. That changed Saturday, though, when DeLay announced he would not attempt to reclaim the job.

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.

Mini-Me's Statement

I think I'll just paste it below:

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) today released the following statement regarding House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's (Texas) announcement:

DeLay Quits Leadership Post

Here's the AP story.

Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay decided Saturday to give up his post as House majority leader, clearing the way for new leadership elections among House Republicans eager to shed the taint of scandal, two officials said.

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