An Extended Political Death for DeLay

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The Houston Chronicle runs a piece today on the dueling investigations into Tom DeLay and how they’re likely to last at least through the election in November.

The Jack Abramoff investigation is likely to start with lower-level casualties, like DeLay’s former staffer Tony Rudy, who is reportedly expected to reach a plea deal with prosecutors. They’ll work their way up the chain from there, and it may be months and months before they’ve finally got DeLay cornered.

And Ronnie Earle’s prosecution of DeLay in Texas isn’t likely to see a trial date until late July, according to DeLay’s attorney. So those charges will continue to hang over his head as well.

It seems like DeLay is in for a slow roasting until November.