1569Sources: DeLay to leave House re-election race
- Apr 3, 2006http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/04/03/delay.election/index.html
Sources: DeLay to leave House re-election race
Former majority leader to announce move Tuesday
From Dana Bash
Monday, April 3, 2006; Posted: 10:39 p.m. EDT (02:39
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Tom DeLay will drop out of
his re-election race, two Republican congressional
sources told CNN Monday.
DeLay was forced to step down as House majority leader
last year after being indicted in his home state of
DeLay told Time magazine Monday that he and his wife,
Christine, had been prepared for an election battle,
but that he decided Wednesday to spare his suburban
Houston district the mudfest to come.
"This had become a referendum on me," he told the
magazine. "So it's better for me to step aside and let
it be a referendum on ideas, Republican values and
what's important for this district."
DeLay was calling supporters and colleagues Monday
night to tell them of his decision, the sources told
CNN. He was expected to announce his departure at a
news conference Tuesday morning.
Last month, DeLay easily won a contested Republican
primary for his seat.
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