It can be hard to keep all these corrupt former DeLay aides straight - so let's go over who Tony Rudy is.
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First, it's absolutely no surprise that Rudy is pleading guilty. He was identified in Jack Abramoff's plea agreement twice (as "Staffer A"). The most serious allegation was that he accepted $50,000 in payments through his wife in order to kill two key pieces of legislation while working for DeLay.
He worked for Tom DeLay through December, 2000, when he left to work for Abramoff at Greenberg Traurig. He was no doubt involved in some shady business there, and he left after a little more than a year to go work for Alexander Strategy Group, the lobbying firm run by Ed Buckham, another former DeLay aide. ASG, whose business was access to Delay, folded shortly after Abramoff pled guilty.