9.28.2005

Here's hoping...

Drudge has his little siren up. Looks like Delay is going to be indicted and it says he may have to step down from his leadership position.

3 comments:

Andrew said...

Sweet. Even if the charges don't stick, hopefully he'll be politically damaged enough not to regain his leadership position.

Andrew said...

As happy as I am that Delay isn’t Majority leader anymore, this WashPo editorial doesn’t think there’s much of a case against him. In addition, the prosecutor pursuing this case has a history of making indictments against Republicans that never make it to trial.
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/28/AR2005092802091.html)
…at least on the evidence presented so far, the indictment of Mr. DeLay by a state prosecutor in Texas gives us pause. The charge concerns the activities of Texans for a Republican Majority (TRMPAC), a political action committee created by Mr. DeLay and his aides to orchestrate the GOP's takeover of the Texas legislature in 2002. The issue is whether Mr. DeLay and his political aides illegally used the group to evade the state's ban on corporate contributions to candidates. The indictment alleges that TRMPAC took $155,000 in corporate contributions and then sent a check for $190,000 to the national Republican Party's "soft money" arm. The national committee then wrote $190,000 in checks from its noncorporate accounts to seven Texas candidates. Perhaps most damning, TRMPAC dictated the precise amount and recipients of those donations.
This was an obvious end run around the corporate contribution rule. The more difficult question is whether it was an illegal end run -- or, to be more precise, one so blatantly illegal that it amounts to a criminal felony rather than a civil violation. For Mr. DeLay to be convicted, prosecutors will have to show not only that he took part in the dodge but also that he knew it amounted to a violation of state law -- rather than the kind of clever money-trade that election lawyers engineer all the time.
Mr. DeLay's spokesman said this month that "to his knowledge all activities were properly reviewed and approved by lawyers" for TRMPAC. If so, the criminal law seems like an awfully blunt instrument to wield against Mr. DeLay. If not, we look forward to seeing the evidence.

Andrew said...

Well that didn't take long. The conspiracy charge has already evaporated. Seems Earle doesn't understand Texas law to well. Didn't stop him from cooking up some else that appears even more of a stretch. Delay sucks, but Texas Democrats appear to suck more.

(http://www.statesman.com/metrostate/content/metro/stories/10/4delay3.html)