Texas

DeLay: I misspoke.

Today's New York Times story by Carl Hulse focuses primarily on DeLay's expiration date as the once and future (in his mind) Majority Leader. Hulse quotes Amy Walter (go Mules!) saying that DeLay will face trouble regaining his Majority Leader post unless he has a speedy dismissal in Texas, which doesn't look likely:

DeLay Detritus: Wednesday News Round-up

Travis County D.A. Ronnie Earle told the Houston Chronicle that new information obtained over the weekend led to the most recent indictments against former Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Dick DeGuerin, DeLay's attorney, called Earle's statement "crazy," and accused the prosecutor of offering "a sweet deal" to DeLay's co-defendants to get them to testify against his client.

Bloomberg news has two indictments

There's going to be some confusion before all is said and done, but Jonathan Salant and Darrell Preston from Bloomberg report that the grand jury in Travis County has issued two new indictments:

DeLay, 58, who faces up to two years in prison on a conspiracy charge filed last week, was indicted on two counts of money laundering today, said a spokesman for Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle.

BREAKING NEWS: New DeLay Indictment

ABC News is reporting that a Texas Grand Jury has indicted former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on a new charge of money laundering. Stay tuned for more.

UPDATE: Per The Austin American-Statesman - the new indictment is to correct a problem with last week's indictment.

Harriett Miers/Tom DeLay Connection

Our friends over at Public Citizen have been looking into the details of who has contributed to former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's sizable legal defense fund.

"Under House rule XXV (5)(c)(3), registered lobbyists are prohibited from making contributions to a member’s legal defense fund," the release states.

Top Ten Reasons Why DeLay is No Moby Dick

Sunday's New York Times reported that our own David Donnelly is "[p]erhaps the most famously zealous Ahab in pursuit of Mr.

DeLay Gets His Date in Court

The Associated Press is reporting that former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been ordered to appear in a Texas courtroom the third week in October.

Beyond Tom DeLay

There is no end of verbiage about Tom DeLay in today’s editorial pages, but while most of these pieces are good at making zingers about the House Majority Leader, none are calling for major reforms that would guard against future Tom DeLays taking power. The Los Angeles Times comes closest, noting that:

Blunt cut from same cloth

AP:

The political committee of Rep. Roy Blunt, who is temporarily replacing Rep. Tom DeLay as House majority leader, has paid roughly $88,000 in fees since 2003 to a consultant under indictment in Texas with DeLay, according to federal records.

Grand jury foreman speaks out

The indicted Tom DeLay (which we will now henceforth label him, until we tire of it) has been swinging at District Attorney Ronnie Earle for months, calling Earle partisan and proclaiming the whole proceedings are about politics. But I just found this great nugget from the long AP story (which allows the indicted Tom DeLay more than equal time, if you ask me):