Tom DeLay

DeLay fights for his political life

That's the headline from this story from the Star Telegram. Boehner's election has shifted the balance of power in Congress. Some select quotes:

[I]t is a diminished DeLay who is fighting for his political life.

The only perk he's got left of his leadership life is his security detail...

People close to DeLay say that he is frustrated by his evaporating ability to act and distracted by his re-election battle.

Mr. DeLay Goes To Austin

DeLay is heading to Austin in search of campaign cash (how ironic): From KXAN.com news brief:

"Congressman Tom DeLay of Sugarland returns to Austin, not for another court appearance, but for two fundraisers. The former U.S. House Majority Leader denies any wrongdoing as he faces money laundering charges related to Texas Legislative races back in 2002."

The Enron E-Mails

Back in 2003, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released some 1.5 million email messages that it collected as part of its investigation of Enron's price-gouging of California consumers. The press pounced on some of the choicer bits, but this is truly the gift that keeps giving.

The Boehner ad

Cold. Hard. Cash.

We've also posted a of Boehner's likeness to the disgraced Majority Leader he replaces, Tom DeLay. Feel free to circulate:

The Facts on John Boehner (R-OH)

1. Like Tom DeLay, John Boehner has close ties to K Street

DeLay wants to keep in shape

Tom DeLay must be worried about staying in shape.

He was one of the 50 House members voting "no" yesterday on a new ban on former members of Congress who become registered lobbyists from using the House gym.

He must be thinking ahead. A guy has to keep in shape, after all.

(Thanks, Murshed Zaheed)

Is DeLay's ARMPAC Broke?

DeLay's ARMPAC has no money. ARMPAC's year-end report shows that the PAC received $17,000 from six different PACS. The PAC spent a little less than that on disbursements which mostly consisted of the salaries of Delay's wife (Christine DeLay), his daughter (Danni DeLay Ferro), and his codefendant in Texas Jim Ellis (the PAC gave Ellis his December paycheck and fronted him his January one as well).

Hard Times Besets DeLay's Fundraising Ability

DeLay's campaign committee had a rough fourth quarter. They raised $872,621.92 but had to spend $589,557.30 on fundraising costs. DeLay now only has $281,000 more than he did at the end of the third quarter.

Lampson's Cash On Hand Is Even With DeLay's

Democratic candidate for congress and potential DeLay challenger Nick Lampson has reported that his campaign is just shy of $1.3 million in cash on hand. This almost matches the $1.4 million that the DeLay campaign has reported. Lampson has almost wiped out DeLay's fundraising advantage.

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The President unequivocally supported DeLay on national TV a month and a half ago, even after DeLay's indictments. Do we believe him tonight?

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