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Facts on the Attack?

Mike Soraghan writes up Colorado Rep. Bob Beauprez's #2 spot on the DeLay rankings in today's Denver Post. Beauprez spokesman Jordan Stoick calls the rankings the work of "an attack group," and refuses to respond to the fact that Beauprez has taken $20,000 in campaign contributions from ARMPAC, given $1,000 to DeLay's legal defense, and voted with the Majority Leader 96% of the time.

Maybe I'm wrong...I didn't think stating the facts qualified as an attack.

Soraghan also quotes Michael Huttner, executive director of ProgressNow.org, who called on Beauprez earlier this week to give back contributions from DeLay.

"We are concerned that Beauprez is being bought and sold by Tom DeLay," Huttner said.

RSVP Regrets Only

Sheryl Gay Stolberg curtain-raises on the tonight's festivities in honor of DeLay in The New York Times by noting that not a whole lot of Republican members of Congress have signed up for tonight's tribute dinner sponsored by the American Conservative Union. Only four Republican House members have bought tables for $2,000 a pop. About three dozen representatives are expected to attend.

Rep. Melissa Hart (R-PA), who has taken donations from DeLay's PAC and has been named to head the Ethics Committee probe, will not attend the event as initially reported.

"The sparse attendance by House members, and the miscommunication about Ms. Hart, suggest the delicate nature of having a dinner in Mr. DeLay's honor," Stolberg writes.

"This being Washington," Stolberg writes, a number of lobbyists are still expected to attend, even though organizers claim they did not "troll K Street for table sales."

It's unclear whether DeLay's good buddy Jack Abramoff was invited or will attend.