TIME Magazine is reporting
that David G. Wallace, the popular 44 year-old mayor of Sugar Land, has confirmed he'll make a bid for DeLay's seat. A fresh start for the local GOP? Well ... Wallace currently serves as investment committee chairman for Perry Properties Realty Investment Fund & Perry Properties, a commercial real estate company owned by Will Perry, who is the son of Bob Perry, a top Republican fundraiser
in Texas. Perry pere
, who goes way back with Karl Rove, came to national attention when he donated $200,000 to fund the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth ads
. And, as TIME reports, Bob has recently been back in the news for a "gift"
he made to Bill Ceverha
, the former treasurer of Texas Republicans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC), the PAC at the heart of Ronnie Earle's investigation of Delay.
According to Texans for Public Justice,
Perry was the largest contributor to Tom DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority PAC (TRMPAC) giving $165,000 in the 2002 election cycle.
Wallace -- remember he's the guy who may get DeLay's seat -- is also on the Board of Directors
of DeLay's Rio Bend planned community, a project of the DeLay Foundation for Kids, which has come under fire
as a way for would-be donors to get close to the powerful Congrsesman. At least that answers the question as to whether or not Tom DeLay will have any influence in picking his successor....