Thursday, September 29, 2005

DISINTEGRATION: Tom DeLay Steps Down

September 16(29), 2005
In a stunning development yesterday morning, a Texas grand jury charged Congressmen Tom DeLay (R, TX) with counts of conspiracy to violate electoral fundraising laws. The offense is a felony, and, if convicted, Mr. DeLay could face up to two years in prison and a $10,000.00. Yesterday, in accordance with House ethics rules, the Congressman “temporarily” resigned his position as House Majority Leader, though not his Congressional seat. He leaves one of the most powerful offices in the United States government. The House Majority Leader, in conjunction with the Speaker of the House and the Majority Whip, acts to round up votes on key legislative issues, broker compromises (or take a hard line) with the minority party, and coordinate essentially any issue that comes through the House.
It has been an incredible rise and an equally incredible fall for a man who started out as an exterminator and whose Congressional tactics often mirrored the standards of his first profession. Nicknamed, “The Hammer,” for his aggressive legislative and fundraising styles, DeLay became one of the most powerful people in the country, a man who, whether you loved or hated him, you had to concede was a political genius.
Mr. DeLay was the chief engineer of one of the most ambitious political coups in American history.
After coming to Congress in 1984 and overseeing the Republican takeover there a decade later, DeLay became determined to increase his party’s already substantial majority. Returning to his home state of Texas, he formed a political action committee (Texans For A Republican Majority) to bolster Republican influence in the Texas general assembly. At the time, many wondered why DeLay, a member of the U.S. Congress, was focusing on a state legislature. By 2002, however, his plans became clear.
With an overwhelming number of Republican lawmakers in Austin, DeLay orchestrated a redistricting overhaul that remains controversial in its own right, irrespective of seedy financial dealings. The redistricting, when it was done, disenfranchised a number of Texas Democrats, dividing them into districts with primarily Republican populations. The result was that, in the 2002 Midterm Election, Republicans captured a large amount of Texas Congressional seats and added to the national influence of the Right. Using this new legislative muscle, DeLay passed through the House a flurry of bills that favored business interests and the wealthy.

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2 Comments:

Blogger RightDemocrat said...

I am delighted to see a self-serving power broker like Tom DeLay fall, but we should not kid ourselves that corruption and ethical conflicts are limited to DeLay or the even the corporate lobbyist friendly Republicans in Congress. It is time for Democrats and moderate Republicans to clean house in Washington and pass some real reform measures. We need real campaign finance reform and to stop the revolving door from member of Congress to lobbyist. The Democratic Leadership Council has some good ideas about where to start in the article link below: http://www.dlc.org/ndol_ci.cfm?contentid=253366&kaid=127&subid=177

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Blogger RightDemocrat said...

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