Friday, May 27, 2005

DeLay's Diversion

Excuse me, but I think Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is confused on his stance over how to deal with judges who don't rule the way he'd like:

Tom DeLay, March 31, 2005:
Mrs. Schiavo's death is a moral poverty and a legal tragedy. This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change. The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today.

Tom DeLay, May 27, 2005:
"This manipulation of my name and trivialization of the sensitive issue of judicial security represents a reckless disregard for the suffering initiated by recent tragedies and a great disservice to public discourse," DeLay wrote in a letter to NBC President Jeff Zucker.

So, first DeLay is all about judges "answering for their behavior" but now he's upset about "trivialization of the sensitive issue of judicial security." Why the sudden about face? Why is Mr. "Activist Judges" suddenly so concerned about their safety? Diversionary tactics:

AUSTIN, May 26 -- A state judge ruled Thursday that the treasurer of a political fundraising committee organized by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) violated the state's election law by failing to report $684,507 in contributions from corporations and other donors in 2002.

The civil court decision is the first to uphold a complaint by Democrats about the way DeLay and his advisers financed a 2002 political victory in Texas, which ultimately helped cement Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives.


DeLay, asked by a reporter for CNN if the ruling had implications for him, responded: "Not for me. I'm not part of it."

Ya right. About that:

  • DeLay served as a creator, advisor, and fundraiser for TRMPAC.  Who said this? None other than Tom DeLay. In fact,  according to a report, which ran in the Austin American Statesman on March 10, 2005 - DeLay said that it was his idea to create TRMPAC.  Laylan Copelin wrote that report. 

  • When TRMPAC announced its existence it prominently publicized Tom DeLay as one its key leaders. It's own FAQ clearly indicated Tom DeLay was leading this PAC.

  • DeLay's name appeared all over on TRMPAC stationary and promotional materials. Here is a copy of that TRMPAC luncheon flyer prominently featuring the name of Tom DeLay.  Here is another sample.  Click on the image to see the entire PDF doc:

  • TRMPAC records show DeLay was on a conference call of the group's finance committee.  Here is a copy of a memo scheduling a conference call connecting DeLay with the TRMPAC finance committee.  

  • DeLay did fundraising for TRMPAC. Here is a memo from Warren RoBold, a fundraiser for TRMPAC, disucssing DeLays role in calling large donors.

  • No wonder DeLay is outraged about a TV show mentioning him in a plot line about harming judges. It's much better if people got all hot and bothered about those evil Hollywood Liberals and didn't notice that he's one step closer to indictment.