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Dem Judge Decrees Delay Must Stay On Ballot

Just when you thought the Delay lynching couldn’t get any more bizarre — or obvious.

From the terrorist enabling reporters at Reuters:

Former House Majority leader Tom Delay walks out of the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill, June 9, 2006. Delay’s name must stay on a Texas ballot in upcoming congressional elections, despite his decision to withdraw from the race, a U.S. court judge in Austin, Texas, ruled on Thursday.

Indicted DeLay must stay on November ballot: Court

Former House Republican Leader Tom DeLay, indicted in Texas on campaign-finance related charges, must stay on the ballot in November’s congressional elections despite withdrawing from the race, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

A local Republican Party official said the ruling by a U.S. court judge in Austin, Texas, would be appealed within 30 days.

"Ultimately, everyone knows the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will be the final arbiter of this," said Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill.

DeLay was forced to resign as majority leader last year after being indicted in Texas. Hurt by the criminal charges as well as an expanding scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, he dropped his re-election bid when he faced a strong Democratic challenger.

A Republican backbencher who rose to power as a conservative leader in the House, he resigned from Congress on June 9 to give Republican Party officials time to replace him on the November ballot. DeLay had moved from his suburban Houston congressional district to Virginia.

Democrats sought an order to keep DeLay on the ballot, claiming he could not declared ineligible under the U.S. Constitution until election day.

DeLay has not been charged in the Abramoff scandal, but two former aides have pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

I wonder why Reuters didn’t tell its readers the name of the federal judge who made this bizarre ruling?

You don’t think he’s a Democrat, do you?


It turns out our instincts were right.

Despite the efforts of our one party media, who insist on only referring to Sparks as a "Republican appointed judge," he is in fact a Democrat.

The DNC’s Associated Press accidentally let the cat out of the bag:

Still on ballot, DeLay hints at ending retirement

06:38 PM CDT on Friday, July 7, 2006

SUGAR LAND, Texas – Tom DeLay suggested Friday that he may not be ready for retirement just yet, a day after a federal judge ruled that his name must remain on the November ballot even after he resigned from Congress.

DeLay, who came home to Sugar Land for a previously scheduled tribute, also criticized U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks’ ruling that the former House majority leader’s name had to remain on the ballot for the 22nd congressional district in the Houston suburbs. Sparks is a Democrat appointed by Republican former President George Bush…

Of course GHWB appointed a lot of Democrats to powerful position in his effort to "reach across the aisle" to the opposition.

And we are still paying the price for that misplaced idealism.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 6th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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