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October 28, 2005

DeLay indictment

I find it interesting how Tom DeLay refers to the “politics of political destruction” being carried out by the Democrats. My perception has been just the opposite. It has been the Republican Party that has sought political gain through aggressive defamation techniques.
The current administration and the Republicans during the Clinton years often undermined the character of their opposition and identified themselves as the war heroes (not draft dodgers), the morally right Christians, etc.
As a concerned citizen, I question their successes and their concerns about being similarly scrutinized.
Pamela Gray
Kansas City, Kan.

Comments

CRD

It's starting to look like DeLay's indictment under Texas state law is only the start of his troubles. He's looking more and more entangled in the Abramoff matter every day:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/04/politics/04lobby.html?hp&ex=1131166800&en=f37a9fe7e3edee1f&ei=5094&partner=homepage

"WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 - Representative Tom DeLay asked the lobbyist Jack Abramoff to raise money for him through a private charity controlled by Mr. Abramoff, an unusual request that led the lobbyist to try to gather at least $150,000 from his Indian tribe clients and their gambling operations, according to newly disclosed e-mail from the lobbyist's files."

CRD

Earle has prosecuted more than twice as many Democrats as he has Republicans in his long career. He seems to be a straight-shooter who cares more about the rule of law and the illegal influence of corporate dollars on politicians than he does anyone's political leanings.

Mark, you state that "Ronnie Earle has not presented a shred of evidence against Tom DeLay on any charge."

That's not correct -- the evidence has been presented to the Texas grand jury, which reviewed it and judged it sufficient to bring an indictment.

This does not mean that DeLay necessarily will be proven guilty in a court of law. It simply means that there was sufficient evidence to bring a non-frivolous suit against DeLay and the others for breaking Texas campaign finance laws.

hajkar

Sour grapes. Hardly comp[ares to impeaching Bill Clinton for denying a sexual tryst.

Engineer

Now we have a person charged with committing a crime in the course of the investigation of a non crime. At least no inditements have been returned on the original subject nor do any seem likely. In other words the investigation manufactured a crime-no investigation-no crime. Despite the Prosecutor's rambling on and on about National security, the inditement that he got the jury to return for him has nothing to do with National security.

Engineer

Now we have a person charged with committing a crime in the course of the investigation of a non crime. At least no inditements have been returned on the original subject nor do any seem likely. In other words the investigation manufactured a crime-no investigation-no crime. Despite the Prosecutor's rambling on and on about National security, the inditement that he got the jury to return for him has nothing to do with National security.

Engineer

Now we have a person charged with committing a crime in the course of the investigation of a non crime. At least no inditements have been returned on the original subject nor do any seem likely. In other words the investigation manufactured a crime-no investigation-no crime. Despite the Prosecutor's rambling on and on about National security, the inditement that he got the jury to return for him has nothing to do with National security.

Engineer

Now we have a person charged with committing a crime in the course of the investigation of a non crime. At least no inditements have been returned on the original subject nor do any seem likely. In other words the investigation manufactured a crime-no investigation-no crime. Despite the Prosecutor's rambling on and on about National security, the inditement that he got the jury to return for him has nothing to do with National security.

hajkar

A little more insight on the current troubles for the Bush administration... Ronnie Earl has persued Democrats with the same zeal as he now goes after Tom DeLay. Mr. Bush probably has much to hide from his does in the TX Gov's mannsion. And they think Meirs withdrew because of pressure from the right..... She spent some good time in Austin as well. I'll wait to hold judgement on either the DeLay or the Libby indictments. You would think the Republicans would have learned to be less arrogant after watching Clinton. But I could have predicted this outcome. ;-P

Mark Robertson

The swap of corporate contributions from a political action committee to the Republican Party and then to Texas House candidates in Oct. 2002 was totally legal and a common occurrence before campaign finance reform.
But even if it was illegal, it has to be proven that DeLay was directly involved and Travis County Texas District Attorney Ronnie Earle has not presented a shred of evidence against Tom DeLay on any charge.
This is the same Ronnie Earle who has spoken with great disdain against Tom Delay at Texas Democrat fundraisers and who is allowing a movie to be shot of this episode.
If Travis County sounds familiar, it is also where the forged documents of President Bush's National Guard service surfaced.
Tom DeLay's biggest crime is that he is effective.
And I don't even agree with all of the issues that he supports, such as the disastrous prescription drug bill for seniors.
But this whole saga is not about issues. It's about power.
As we have also seen in Washington D.C. today, with the dubious indictment of Scooter Libby, the Democrats, with their dearth of plausible solutions for the future of the country, are once again resting their hopes on creating scandal.
Their ongoing attempt to undermine the very dangerous war on terror, solely for poliical gain, is likely the most despicable political episode in U.S. history.
The predictable Democrat response to scandalmongering charges is that Republicans did likewise to President Clinton. Nice Try.

Mark Robertson
Independence

 
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