It depends on what the definition of a "friend" is

Tom DeLay just sent a nine-page letter to his GOP constituents, claiming that it is "absolutely untrue" that he was a "close personal friend" of Jack Abramoff's. Hmmm...all those trips, all those gifts (remember the Three Tenors concert)? We suppose it's all in the definition of what Tom DeLay considers a friend...

The Roll Call article reporting on this letter (text available with subscription) goes on to talk about the tough reelection fight DeLay faces, and how he is trying to raise as much as $9 million, which could make the race the most expensive in history. DeLay has already ramped up his grassroots organizing and fundraising, and hopes to get much of his cash from conservatives nationwide. He has also hired a bunch of fundraising pros with deep ties to the Republican party, President Bush, and Karl Rove.

The story also quotes a "top House Republican leadership aide, saying:

No one knows what the next shoe to drop [on DeLay] is going to be...He's not radioactive, not yet, but if there are indictments handed down, then it will be tough to be seen with him...