Public Campaign Action Fund released the following statement tonight on the GOP Congressional majority's actions in reversing the DeLay Rule and abandoning their proposal to weaken ethics guidelines:
House Speaker Dennis Hastert and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay reversed themselves on the DeLay Rule after months of outraged citizens calling and emailing their members of Congress. This retreat signals a victory by average citizens who forced their members of Congress to feel the heat for a secret vote held behind closed doors.
Yet we mustn’t forget why the Delay Rule was proposed and passed by the Republican caucus in the first place. It was an effort to protect Tom Delay from a criminal investigation into his role in an allegedly illegal corporate fundraising scheme. With news that the Texas legislature may be considering a bill that would remove the Travis County District Attorney from the case and place cases like this under the jurisdiction of the Texas Attorney General, we must remain vigilant.
Hastert, DeLay & Co. may have removed a political issue from the table for the time being, but the arrogance and potential legal liability unfortunately still remains.