DeLay: The Reckoning
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The Washington Post's front page piece on DeLay's departure is the best follow-up to DeLay's decision. The Post reports that DeLay had been thinking of dropping out for the last four months, but that he wanted to win the primary in order to ensure that none of his Republican challengers there made it through, since "he considered his three Republican challengers gadflies and traitors."
The decision to drop out was made last Wednesday, following on a poll taken two weeks ago that showed voters in his district were entrenched and it would be expensive to change their minds.
But above all, according to a former aide of DeLay's, "He needed to raise money for the defense fund. That was the bottom line." So he stuck it out long enough to make sure he could pay his lawyers.
Associates of DeLay "acknowledge" that the looming Justice Department investigation had something to do with it, but the Post seems to agree with them that it was merely one factor among many. In other words, if DeLay wasn't polling so badly, he would have stayed in. (WaPo)
Knight Ridder is almost alone in its frank coverage of DeLay's decision to step down. Why'd he do it? Because he's clearly the target of the Justice Department's bribery investigation. (KR)