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Here is the AP story.

BREAKING NEWS: DeLay is Indicted

CNN is reporting that embattled Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been indicted on one count of criminal conspiracy by a grand jury in Travis County, Texas.

Per House ethics rules, DeLay is now required to resign his leadership post. Stay tuned for more details...

Developing... Conspiracy charges against DeLay?

Developing... Stay tuned here all day, folks. There's a growing buzz out of Austin since last night about today's wrap up of the grand jury in Travis County surrounding DeLay's TRMPAC. I'll be in New York City most of the day, but Meghan will be following developments. Drop me an email [ddonnelly at campaignmoney dot org] with any thoughts, ideas, interesting tidbuts, etc. -- I'll be getting email, or leave a comment below.


Much has been made about Grover Norquist's famous utterance that conservatives ought to reduce the size of government so much that you could drown it in a bathtub.

At these times, when we have seen the human suffering caused by the success of this ideological agenda, Tom DeLay's statement in the Washington Times this morning should be seen in all of its candor and callousness:

Staunton News Leader Calls for DeLay to Resign Leadership Post

"We'll stop short of calling for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to resign from Congress altogether. It's up to the good people of Texas, after all, to decide whether DeLay is what they want representing them (or not) when he comes up for re-election," editors for The Times Leader begin their editorial today.

"We do feel, however, that DeLay should relinquish his post as majority leader for the good of the Republican Party," they continue.

Bad, bad man

Watch out, Republican members of Congress: PAC announced it's taking its campaign to fire Tom DeLay to your district next week, just in time for you to be there, unless you are travelling on a lobbyist's credit card to play golf overseas. PAC's Tom Matzzie puts it succinctly:

"Tom DeLay is a bad, bad man."

Tuesday News Round-up

Friends to the End?

Wes Allison of the St. Petersburg Times writes that Delay has spent a lot of money cultivating the kind of friends who’ll stand by you when your ethical shortcomings become a distraction from your work.

"He takes very good care of his members, he understands their needs, and then when he needs to get votes for an issue, he's got a lot of good will built up," said Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Oviedo.

More polling from DeLay's district: WOW.

36% of DeLay's Voters Say He Should Resign From Congress

From Channel 2 in Houston. The hemorraging hasn't stopped:

SurveyUSA asked 548 registered voters in the 22nd congressional district several questions about the embattled republican's performance.

In general, do you approve or disapprove of the job Tom DeLay is doing as Congressman?

Atlanta Journal Constitution: DeLay Needs to Go

From the AJC (reg. req'd):

In his arrogance, his unmitigated lust for the perks of power and his cavalier attitude toward standards of conduct that in his mind apply only to lesser mortals, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has become an embarrassment to his party, to his supporters, to his fellow House members and to the country.

Tancredo joins Shays' Rebellion, on temporary basis

Tom Ferraro of Reuters has the story, from a statement issued by Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO):

"I believe that all of the charges against Tom DeLay I have seen to date lack merit," said Rep. Thomas Tancredo, a Colorado Republican, in a statement.