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Victory for Democrats: Judge Rules DeLay Stays on Ballot

by Pamela Leavey

Texas Democrats sued to keep Tom Delay on the general election ballot for November, maintaining that Texas election laws say that primary victors must appear on the general election ballot “unless they die or live outside the district on Election Day.” The Texas Dems pointed out that “DeLay still owns a Houston area home, where his wife, Christine, lives and where he still spends time.”

A federal judge in Texas threw the political retirement of former House majority leader Tom DeLay into doubt yesterday, ruling that the Texas Republican Party must keep the indicted former congressman on the ballot for reelection this November.

For Democrats eager to seize control of the House this fall, the ruling was a significant victory. DeLay is under indictment on campaign finance charges in Texas and is under a cloud of scandal in Washington, and Democrats had hoped to wrest the conservative district from him. But DeLay seemed to thwart those designs in April, when he announced that he would resign from Congress and move his official residence to Alexandria from his suburban Houston district, making him ineligible to run for reelection.

The strongly worded opinion by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks sided with the Democrats:

There is no evidence that DeLay will still be living in Virginia tomorrow, let alone on November 7, 2006, the only day that matters under the Qualification Clause of the United States Constitution,” wrote the judge, a Republican appointee. “DeLay was chosen as the Republican nominee by the voters in the Republican primary, and he is still eligible to be the party’s nominee.”

Democrats and some Republicans had said that DeLay had “waited to announce his retirement until after his contested primary this spring to ensure that the GOP detractors who had opposed him would not succeed him.”

By retiring after the primary, DeLay expected that the party nominee for the general election would be chosen by Republican precinct chairs in his district’s four counties.

In a statement on the decision, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said “We learned two things this week: George Bush can’t seem to get rid of Osama bin Laden, and Texas Republicans can’t get rid of Tom DeLay.”

2 Responses to “Victory for Democrats: Judge Rules DeLay Stays on Ballot”

  1. The Repukins are going to appeal and the crybabies will get their own way. When have you ever known Tom Delay not to come up smelling like a rose? The stinking cock roach killer has run roughshod over this country and will continue to do so. He probably already has a plan to ruin that judge, even though he is a republican.

  2. Hey, if Missouri can elect a dead man Senator, then maybe Texas should elect a nonresident back into Congress.