Two GOP politicians distance themselves from DeLay

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First, there's Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), who said on ABC News this morning:

"I think [DeLay] has to come forward and lay out what he did and why he did it and let the people then judge for themselves," said Santorum, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

A little bit of daylight between the House creator of the K Street Project, and his Senate counterpart, who mimicked DeLay's courting of the corporate lobby on K Street. This is an interesting development because Santorum is so close to the religious right which is out in force defending DeLay.

Perhaps more importantly, but also predictably, Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) comes within a hair's breadth of saying DeLay should go. The Greenwich Times and the Connecticut Post have Shays telling a crowd in the district:

"He is on the thinnest of ice as far as I'm concerned," said Shays, who noted that the conservative Texan has been reprimanded three times by the House ethics committee. "That is disquieting. It raises huge questions that Democrats have a right to raise." (from the Connecticut Post)

..and:

"Do I think Tom DeLay will be the majority leader by the end of this term? No," Shays said. "I don't think Tom DeLay is going to survive. He goes to the edge and he goes beyond . . . Even knowing there's a microscope on him, he continues to do these things." (Greenwich Times)

But more damning is this quote in the Greenwich Times that I feel like I've said a hundred times:

"He is an absolute embarrassment to me and to the Republican Party," U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Bridgeport, told more than 50 Greenwich residents yesterday morning at Town Hall.