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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

NEWSFLASH: House Majority Leader Tom Delay Indicted

Another corrupt politician has been caught red-handed as House Majority Leader Tom Delay was charged by a Texas Grand Jury with conspiracy.

From ABC News
A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, an indictment that could force him to step down as House majority leader.

DeLay attorney Steve Brittain said DeLay was accused of a criminal conspiracy along with two associates, John Colyandro, former executive director of a Texas political action committee formed by DeLay, and Jim Ellis, who heads DeLay's national political committee.

The indictment against the second-ranking, and most assertive Republican leader came on the final day of the grand jury's term. It followed earlier indictments of a state political action committee founded by DeLay and three of his political associates.

The grand jury action is expected to have immediate consequences in the House, where DeLay is largely responsible for winning passage of the Republican legislative program. House Republican Party rules require leaders who are indicted to temporarily step aside from their leadership posts.

He gets to keep his seat as represenative of Texas' 22 district but there is no way he will win re-election now and he might resign.