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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Delay: Indicted and Stepping Down

All before I could get to a computer:

U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said he would step down from his powerful congressional post today after a Travis County grand jury linked him to an alleged conspiracy to use corporate contributions for political purposes in 2002.

“I have notified the speaker that I will temporarily step aside from my position as majority leader pursuant to rules of the House Republican Conference and the actions of the Travis County District Attorney today,” DeLay said in a one-sentence statement released by his Washington office.

The grand jury indicted DeLay on a charge of criminal conspiracy, accusing him of involvement in a scheme to use the political action committee he had founded, Texans for a Republican Majority, to get corporate money in the hands of Republicans running for the Texas House in 2002.

The indictment states DeLay “entered into an agreement” with either or both of two associates — Jim Ellis, who heads Americans for a Republican Majority, and John Colyandro, former TRMPAC executive director — to move the money toward seven House candidates in a way that violated several provisions of the Texas Election Code.

Lock this MoFo up.