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Babbling DeLay


Dear Rick,

First and foremost, what truly galled me was the opening of the story as I experienced it, opening with Mr. DeLay explaining that "after prayerful consideration" he had decided to step down. This is a man who made sure the operation ran like a watch.

In his quest for power in '96, DeLay made sure he knew what other members' habits were, hobbies, funding situations; this is not a man who would not know what was going on in his very office. Especially concerning the amount of cash involved, and how Rudy was a direct conduit for it. Two members of the man's staff already have pleaded guilty, directly associated with "the Jack," yet he explains to the nation with a sneer that he has had assurances from the Justice Department that he is not a target of a criminal investigation. Huh!?!

I guess Tommy Chong didn't pray to the right God, cause I would swear on a Koran that what Mr. DeLay has been up to is much worse than contractually agreeing to allow a company to market glass vases with a particular visage on them; yet Tommy did time in jail — but not the right Tommy. Whatever happened to the appearance of impropriety, and how if there's smoke, someone should investigate for a fire. It is not a surprise to me that the only two Republicans to fall so far have been brought down by the state level. Thank goodness a CA reporter had the moxie to wonder where Duke Cunningham got his Rolls Royce. Mr. DeLay can babble all he wants about a liberal conspiracy, but it's his own fault for getting so close to the fire, and it is ALL the National Republicans' fault (Mr. Bush would be the head of that group) by acting like there is STILL no smoke to investigate. Perhaps the fourth estate might wish to seriously bring a detector in — seems the Feds have forgotten some of the basic warnings.

FRANCIS JENS ERICKSON

FRANCIS JENS ERICKSON
April 18, 2006

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