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Monday, October 31, 2005

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Smear 'Em

The chairman of the Texas Democratic Party on Monday rejected a subpoena asking him to provide five years of fund-raising materials in connection with the criminal case against former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Charles Soechting, the state chairman, said he would attend, as ordered, a court hearing Tuesday to decide whether a Democratic judge should remain on DeLay's case. But, he will not bring the documents requested by DeLay's attorney Bill White unless ordered by the court.

White issued the subpoena on Thursday, asking Soechting for mail-outs, brochures, e-mails and other requests seeking Democratic support and donations "particularly, but not limited to, materials that mention Tom DeLay, or Texas redistricting, or the Texas Legislative races of 2002."

Soechting, who may testify at Tuesday's hearing before senior judge C.W. Duncan, said he objected to White's request because it was "overly broad, unduly burdensome, and not likely to lead to relevant and admissible evidence."

You know, years from now when Delay has his own radio talk show (immediately preceding G. Gordon Libby's), all the neocons are going to yell and scream their that this was (one of) the seminal moment when it was pointed out for all the world to see that this was nothing more than a liberal smear. Who knows, maybe one day he can parlay this experience into a run for Governor of Virginia.