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    Default Delay resigning, won't run for re-election

    WASHINGTON Rep. Tom DeLay, already forced to step down as majority leader in the House of Representatives and touched by a widening lobbying scandal, intends to end his re-election campaign and leave Congress, political allies said Monday night.
    Eric Thode, chairman of the Republican Party in Fort Bend, Texas, which is in DeLay's district, said DeLay informed him Monday night that he will resign from Congress and will not seek re-election. Carl Forti, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said DeLay told the committee chairman, Rep. Thomas Reynolds, R-N.Y., that he was leaving Congress. DeLay was to announce his decision today.

    "He made the decision he thinks is best for him," Thode said. "The party will go forth and fill the spot on the ballot."

    Messages left at DeLay's offices were not returned.

    DeLay first disclosed his decision in an interview with Time magazine posted on its website Monday. He told Time that he felt "liberated." DeLay vowed to pursue a speaking and organizing campaign aimed at advancing his goals, including electing Republican candidates and forging a closer connection between religion and government.

    Last month, DeLay beat back a primary challenge to win renomination for his House seat. Forti and Thode said that because DeLay was on the November ballot, Texas Republicans could not replace him unless he were to die, be convicted of a felony or move out of state. DeLay plans to change his legal residency to Virginia, where he has long had a home, to allow GOP leaders back in his Texas district to replace his name on the ballot, Forti said.

    DeLay's decision concludes a dramatic fall from power in Congress by the political conservative and former exterminator from the Houston suburb of Sugar Land who was first elected to Congress in 1984. He was forced by House Republican rules to step aside as majority leader following his indictment last year by a grand jury in Texas on charges he illegally funneled cash into Texas state legislature races. He calls the charges partisan and says he is innocent.

    DeLay has also been brushed by the federal investigation into activities of former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a close friend and political ally. DeLay has not been indicted in that case, but the widening scandal intruded directly into his office last week with the guilty plea of his former deputy chief of staff, Tony Rudy.

    Rudy and a second former DeLay aide, Michael Scanlon, have pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with the lobbying probe. Rudy has pleaded to charges that included wielding influence while he was still a member of DeLay's congressional staff.
    Well, I'm glad he's gone and assume that things are closing in around him, thus forcing his resignation. But forging closer ties between religion and politics? Coming from him? What, does God say screw people out of money, lie, cheat and generally hurt people? What a twat head.
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    Another one bites the dust...
    Keep passing the open windows.

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