November 19, 2004

Republicans Vote to Protect DeLay

House Republicans voted Wednesday to abandon an 11-year-old party rule that required a member of their leadership to step aside temporarily if indicted. The New York Times reported that, "Meeting behind closed doors, the lawmakers agreed that a party steering committee would review any indictments handed up against the majority leader, Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, or any other members of the leadership team or committee chairmen, to determine if giving up a post was warranted."

Meanwhile DeLay's former spokesman Michael Scanlon was pleading the Fifth before a congressional committee investigating claims that his lobbying firm had bilked Indian tribes of tens of millions of dollars. Wednesday's hearing focused on the $4.2 million the Tigua tribe in Texas paid Scanlon to help it win back a license to operate a casino. Senators heard testimony that "Scanlon and his business partner had been working the same year with former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed to lobby the Texas legislature to close the Tigua's casino in El Paso." The committee heard that Scanlon's lobbying partner Jack Abramoff referred to his tribal clients as "morons," "monkeys" and "stupid idiots." Abramoff boasted of his friendship with President Bush, Karl Rove and members of the House leadership.
Source - Air America

Posted by Crazy Eddie at November 19, 2004 12:00 AM
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