DeLay sets June 9 resignation
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DeLay sets June 9 resignation
Thu May 11, 2006 5:56 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas said on Thursday he
would formally resign his seat in Congress effective June 9, clearing
the way for another Republican to take his spot on the November
DeLay, the former Republican House leader and once one of the most
powerful politicians in Washington, announced last month he would step
down from Congress after becoming embroiled in the scandal involving
lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
"I have recently made the decision to pursue new opportunities to
engage in the important cultural and political battles of our day from
an arena outside the U.S. House of Representatives," Delay said
Thursday in a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
DeLay said last month he would step aside to give the party a better
shot at holding his House seat in Texas. Seven Republicans are vying
for the right to replace DeLay in the November race against Democrat
The contenders interviewed over the weekend with local party leaders
in DeLay's home district. The local leaders will pick the new
candidate, probably sometime in June, in a race considered potentially
one of the most competitive in the country.
- View SourceAnd it looks like it may be a three-way race, with
Lampson the Democrat, whoever the Republicans pick,
and a former Republican congressman running as an
Ex-House member says he'll run again
Aide says Stockman has signatures to be on ballot for
08:37 AM CDT on Thursday, May 11, 2006
HOUSTON â Former one-term Congressman Steve
Stockman, known more for his outrageous statements
than legislation, has collected enough voter
signatures to run as an independent candidate in the
race to replace former House Majority Leader Tom
DeLay, his spokesman said Wednesday.
Mr. Stockman has collected more than the 500
signatures needed from registered voters to be on the
November ballot, said spokesman Jason Posey.
"We are continuing to collect them to show the
grass-roots effort that Steve has for this office," he
But Mr. Posey said he didn't immediately know how many
total signatures the campaign had gathered and
initially told The Associated Press on Wednesday that
the deadline was still a month away.
Mr. Stockman's campaign planned to turn in the
signatures by the state's deadline of today.
Secretary of State Roger Williams' office still has to
verify the signatures, which will take five to six
weeks, said spokesman Scott Haywood.
Mr. DeLay, R-Sugar Land, embroiled in the scandal
surrounding corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff and facing
a money-laundering trial in Austin, announced last
month that he would resign by mid-June.
Former U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, who replaced Mr.
Stockman in Congress, is the Democratic nominee.
Precinct chairmen from the four counties that make up
the 22nd Congressional District will select a
Republican nominee once Mr. DeLay resigns.
Mr. Stockman won election during the 1994 Republican
sweep of state offices, defeating 21-term incumbent
Jack Brooks, D-Beaumont.
During his term, Mr. Stockman accused the government
of "executing" members of the Branch Davidian cult
after the 1993 standoff at Waco. And he claimed to
have received a fax from a militia supporter that
seemingly foretold the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
The fax actually was sent after the bombing.
He also called President Bill Clinton "an
Mr. Lampson defeated Mr. Stockman in 1996.
Mr. Stockman twice sought and lost the GOP nomination
for the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil
and gas industries.
--- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:
> DeLay sets June 9 resignation
> Thu May 11, 2006 5:56 PM ET
> WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas said
> on Thursday he
> would formally resign his seat in Congress effective
> June 9, clearing
> the way for another Republican to take his spot on
> the November
> election ballot.
> DeLay, the former Republican House leader and once
> one of the most
> powerful politicians in Washington, announced last
> month he would step
> down from Congress after becoming embroiled in the
> scandal involving
> lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
> "I have recently made the decision to pursue new
> opportunities to
> engage in the important cultural and political
> battles of our day from
> an arena outside the U.S. House of Representatives,"
> Delay said
> Thursday in a letter to House Speaker Dennis
> DeLay said last month he would step aside to give
> the party a better
> shot at holding his House seat in Texas. Seven
> Republicans are vying
> for the right to replace DeLay in the November race
> against Democrat
> Nick Lampson.
> The contenders interviewed over the weekend with
> local party leaders
> in DeLay's home district. The local leaders will
> pick the new
> candidate, probably sometime in June, in a race
> considered potentially
> one of the most competitive in the country.