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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I opened up Yahoo! to do a quick search and a headline caught my eye, Delay Wins Texas Republican Primary. My first thought was, "You mean he actually ran again?" After all the heat that has come down on him, I thought he would step away from politics to clear up his legal battles. I'm not saying he's guilty, but one would think that his position should be filled by a person who can devote one hundred percent of his attention to the job. If things escalate with his criminal charges, he won't be available to do the people's business.
The article explains how Delay managed this extraordinary victory:

DeLay, 58, held on to his ballot position by avoiding public discussions of his considerable political problems -- a felony money-laundering indictment, close ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the loss of his leadership position.

Instead, DeLay campaigned at carefully orchestrated events, avoided direct interviews with reporters and largely focused on his hometown of Sugar Land. It paid off with a 2-to-1 victory margin over lawyer Tom Campbell, who had ties to the first President Bush's administration, and two other candidates.

To recap: One needs only to stay hidden from the "public eye" and you can win by a 2-to-1 majority. Like I said, "Extraordinary!"


Blogger Steve Rankin said...

It would set a terrible precedent if Delay, having already lost his leadership position and any chance of becoming speaker, also gave up his seat. In the future, if someone's opponents wanted to get rid of him, all they'd have to do would be to get a partisan prosecutor like that dirtbag in Austin to indict him.

In the 1990s, Earle tried a similar tactic with Sen. Kay B. Hutchison, and she was completely exonerated. Being a liberal Democrat, Earle has also gone after conservative Democrats.

Those Texas voters are close to the situation, and I think they did the right thing.

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