Every day, more and more and more comes out about this slimeball:
The wife and daughter of Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, have been paid more than $500,000 since 2001 by Mr. DeLay’s political action and campaign committees, according to a detailed review of disclosure statements filed with the Federal Election Commission and separate fund-raising records in Mr. DeLay’s home state, Texas.
Most of the payments to his wife, Christine A. DeLay, and his only child, Dani DeLay Ferro, were described in the disclosure forms as “fund-raising fees,” “campaign management” or “payroll,” with no additional details about how they earned the money. The payments appear to reflect what Mr. DeLay’s aides say is the central role played by the majority leader’s wife and daughter in his political career.
I wish my daddy was House Majority Leader- then I could get some of them “fund-raising fees” myself. My dad is too busy being useful, though- holding spaghetti dinner fund-raisers for tsunami victims, helping out the neighbors, etc. My dad, no doubt, could not live up to the lofty standards of the House of Representatives as displayed by Tom DeLay.
One of these days the people in my party are going to recognize that every now and then the Democrats and the press are right- some people in our party aren’t saints and have got to go. DeLay is a crook, a liar, and a bully- on his best days. It is time for him to go.
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Several commenters claim I have to read this post by the Captain. I have read it… Have you?
..Mrs. DeLay makes about $48,250 a year, while Mrs. Ferro earns closer to $40,000. At that rate over four years, the two of them put together would have made around $350,000. The remainder of the half-million comes from Mrs. Ferro’s consulting firm which works on DeLay’s election campaigns; it received $221,000 over four years (two election cycles), or about $55,000 a year…
Don’t get me wrong. I think the practice itself is a problem, one that we should pressure our representatives to end. It can lead to back-door corruption far too easily. However, for the Times and the Left to jump all over DeLay as unethical and singular in this practice is dishonest, ignorant, and transparently partisan.
IF this were the only strike Tom DeLay had against him, I would tend to agree with the Captain- this would be a transparently partsan swipe at DeLay. But, if this was baseball, and Tom DeLay were a batter, he would be working on his ninth strike.
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Christ. I had forgotten all about this.