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In DeLay's Own Words

In order to find out who a person is, you have to listen to what they say. The Daily DeLay today provides some of Tom DeLay's statements in that spirit. If you know of other statements, or want to comment, post a comment below.

The first comment from DeLay is his response to our ad running in his district:

"They are going after me in the most personal and vindictive way. It's gutter politics."

Pot calling the kettle black, right?

When asked to put out a cigar in a federal building because it was against federal law, he said:

"I am the federal government."

There's more, much more.

On money in politics:

"It never ceases to amaze me that people are so cynical they want to tie money to issues, money to bills, money to amendments."

"Money is not the root of all evil in politics. In fact, money is the lifeblood of politics."

"I don't think there is enough money in the system today."

On power:

"If you want to play in our revolution, you have to live by our rules."

"We're just following the old adage of punish your enemies and reward your friends.We don't like to deal with people who are trying to kill the revolution. We know who they are. The word is out."

"We can impeach judges who get drunk, so why not impeach those who get drunk with power?"

"The whole [redistricting] process won't have been worth it if we don't pick up at least four seats."

"As majority leader, there isn't a piece of legislation that makes it to the floor of the House without me saying so."

On the environment:

"The EPA, the Gestapo of government pure and simple, has been one of major claw hooks that the government maintains on the backs of our constituents."

"DDT is a very viable pesticide..."

"There is no crisis of acid rain in the Northeast. In fact, instead of spending the billions of dollars that have been imposed on industry ... we could have simply spent $500,000 on lime, and put it in the lakes in the Northeast, and corrected the acid problem."

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