Oops. Looks like we've got a latter-day DeLay Rule bamboozler on our hands.
Mike at the Florida News blog has been trying to get an answer from Rep. Tom Feeney's office on how the congressman voted on the DeLay Rule back in November 2004. That, you'll remember, was the attempt to change the GOP conference rules to allow Rep. Tom DeLay to remain as Majority Leader while under indictment.
He finally got his answer. Feeney's press secretary's told him there actually never was a vote on the DeLay Rule.
No vote -- notwithsanding the fact that there was a voice vote, various representative announced that they'd voted either for or against it, and that there was a month or so of rambunctious debate about the vote.
All that said, Feeney says there was no vote.
Now, when I looked back at our DeLay Rule coverage from back in November 2004, I saw that Feeney is not only a latter-day bamboozler. He was an at-the-time bamboozler too. According to this November 18th 2004 post, Feeney has been fibbing to his constituents about his position on the DeLay Rule for more than a year.
You'd think he'd be more proud of being a loyal DeLay soldier.