Wednesday, September 28, 2005

DeLay indicted

Rep. Tom DeLay has been indicted along with two political associates on charges of criminal conspiracy related to a campaign finance scheme. The indictment is based on his supposed violation of a Texas law outlawing corporate contributions when his "Texans for a Republican Majority political action committee accepted $155,000 from companies, including Sears Roebuck, and placed the money in an account. The PAC then wrote a $190,000 check to an arm of the Republican National Committee and provided the committee a document with the names of Texas State House candidates and the amounts they were supposed to received in donations." His co-conspirators include John Colyandro, former executive director of a Texas political action committee formed by DeLay, and Jim Ellis, who heads DeLay's national political committee.

His spokesman brushed off the indictment as being nothing more than a politically motivated attack.

Despite the problems here in Louisiana, ranging from hurricanes to crooked politicians, it was refreshing with former House Speaker-elect Bob Livingston resigned his post in 1998 after it was revealed he his marital infidelities. If you recall, this coincided with the investigation into Pres. Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky. During his address to the House, Livingston "urged President Bill Clinton to resign, drawing a chorus of 'boos' and shouted calls of 'You resign!' from Democrats. Then he shocked the chamber by saying he would set an example and step down himself."

"Another Republican representative, James Rogan said: 'He accepted responsibility for his conduct and he got a standing ovation. I think he's a stronger leader because he showed character.'"

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