So DeLay is out. But it’s DeLay’s House. DeLay’s Republican DC machine. They built and fortified it with the money he brought in. The great majority of them voted for the “DeLay Rule” custom tailored for Majority Leader DeLay to avoid stepping down even after indictment. The current Republican membership of the House ethics committee was hand-picked to provide protection for DeLay and the old membership was purged. He’s their guy. Their rule rests on his machine. They can run but they can’t hide.
We’ve got a library of the letters Republican Reps sent out to their constituents little more than a year ago defending the DeLay Rule and DeLay’s right to be free from “manipulation, disruption and political intimidation” from “partisan or self-serving district attorneys.”
That was Denny Hastert’s line too. The DeLay Rule was necessary because the old system “left elected officials vulnerable to politically motivated attacks by partisan attorney’s hoping to remove them from their positions of leadership.”
Reps. Beauprez, Cole, Frelinghuysen, Bilrakis and others. We’ve got their letters and many more.
They were all spouting the same line. DeLay owned them all. They did his bidding. Next.