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Minnesota's Gil Gutknecht couldn't make it to the caucus meeting to vote on the DeLay Rule. But now he wants in to the Shays Handful after the fact. So says the local paper, the Post-Bulletin (subscription required).

But, according to the quote he gave the paper, he still manages to be for delay.

"I thought it was an enormous mistake to draw more attention to this issue. I think we are far better off dealing with it if and when ... I don't think it serves any constructive purpose to highlight an issue that may never become an issue. If it does become an issue we're going to have to deal with it, if it's Mr. DeLay or whoever."

In case you hadn't noticed, the voice of inter-generational brainiac conservatism has spoken.

Jon Podhoretz in the New York Post: thumbs down on the DeLay Rule.

Congresswoman Judy Biggert is a Republican member of the House Ethics Committee, which handed out those multiple admonishments to Rep. Tom DeLay. And there's been a lot of constituent interest in how she voted on the DeLay Rule. For the moment, according to constituent calls placed with her office this morning, Biggert seems to be hanging tough with the 'private vote' line, but leaving open the option of becoming a letter-writer.

Late Word: New Jersey's Jim Saxton comes out of the 'private vote' category. As of this morning, he's a letter-writer.

However, constituents who've spoken this morning to members of Saxton's staff got the impression that the Saxton letter may say that it was a 'private vote' and not reveal how he voted.

We'll bring you more information on Saxton when we receive it; or perhaps we'll just need to come up with a more granular set of categories.

Letter-writers no more!

It seems like three of those congressmen from Upstate New York could run but they could not hide.

According to this morning's Post-Standard, James Walsh, Sherry Boehlert and John McHugh each support the DeLay Rule, though Boelhert and McHugh managed not to attend the meeting where the vote took place.

Boelhert was at Bethesda Naval Medical Center getting a follow-up check-up tied to heart surgery from last September and McHugh was at another meeting. But when pressed on the matter, both said they supported it. James Walsh was there in the flesh and gave the thumbs up in person.

See the article for the details.

It took our readers a while to get the scoop. But it seems that Pennsylvania's Melissa Hart was there when the Hammer needed her. She voted for the DeLay Rule, according to her staff.

We were getting unconfirmed reports about this all yesterday afternoon. But now Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico makes it official. She says she was in the Shays Handful.

[ed. note: As you might imagine we've got a mound of emails and updates in from readers giving us information on their reps., new news reports, new awkward phone calls with congressional staffers, and so forth. (And please keep the updates coming.) But it will take us a bit of time to get through all the new information. Stay tuned; we'll be providing more updates through the day.]

"Regardless of the outcome of this election, once all the votes are counted -- and they will be counted -- we will continue to challenge this administration. This is not a time for Democrats to retreat and accommodate extremists on critical principles -- it is a time to stand firm.

I will fight for a national standard for federal elections that has both transparency and accountability in our voting system. It's unacceptable in the United States that people still don't have full confidence in the integrity of the voting process.

I ask you to join me in this cause."

That's a passage from a message Sen. John Kerry will be sending out to supporters later this afternoon.