Thursday, February 09, 2006

Where In The World Is Tom DeLay? (Hint: The Last Place He Should Be)

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) was given a seat on the subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department, which is currently investigating an influence-peddling scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his dealings with lawmakers.

DeLay, it should be noted, has a long history with Abramoff, dating back to Abramoff's lobbying in the mid-1990s to stop legislation to improve labor laws on the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth in political union with the United States of America, but currently not subject to various U.S. laws, such as the minimum wage and use of child labor.

A decade ago, former Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-AK) wrote legislation that passed the Senate, but DeLay successfully prevented similar legislation from reaching the House floor.

"Allowing Tom DeLay to sit on a committee in charge of giving out money is like putting Michael Brown back in charge of FEMA Republicans in Congress just can't seem to resist standing by their man," said Bill Burton, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

6 Comments:

Anonymous ken grandlund said...

Yes, and he was also given a seat on the Appropriations committee. As fellow blogger Bob P. at The Hue and Cry (a very good read and insightful blog- check it out!) notes:

“Let’s review. The Congressman at the heart of the “influence-peddling scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff”, who, you might recall, is not only under investigation but has been indicted for his misdeeds, is now one of the legislators overseeing the investigation of the “influence-peddling scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.”

Huh?

Not to mention the fact that Mr. DeLay, who’s proudly defended his career of strong-arming, gerrymandering, favoritism, bribery, and ruthless partisanship, now plays a key part in deciding how our federal budgets are divvied up and distributed.”

Gee, I guess the Republicans were really serious about cleaning up their ethics problems weren’t they? No wait…they just waited for something else to come up and distract us from the fact that they’d prefer it if we’d all just hand them a jar of lube, bend over and shut the hell up while they screw us over again. A vote for the current incarnation of the Republican party is the same thing as tying yourself to the train tracks during commuter rush hour. Only the pain doesn’t end in a quick rush, it keeps giving and giving and giving.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous MADem said...

Jeez, I thought you were gonna say golfing at St Andrews with Jackie A!

2:55 PM  
Anonymous YOY said...

I was really hoping Siberia

In one of those Glavnoye Upravlenie LAGeri I hear are so fitting for one of his stature...

2:55 PM  
Anonymous higher class said...

This is just another way of laughing at us, showing their disdain for us, and slapping tha nation in our faces. They are vile.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

this should be something that the dems go nuts over come November. Put this on every advertisement out there, to show how corrupt the GOP has become under DeLay/Frist's so-called leadership.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous windspike said...

This puts a new coat of paint on the whole picture of how deep and troubled the republicans’ culture of corruption really is. Fuck. Who thinks this shit up? No doubt, Rove. Why can’t we pin the slime on the proper person?

5:17 PM  

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