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DeLay Suggests He Might Not Retire

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060708/D8INGCK80.html DeLay Suggests He Might Not Retire Jul 7, 9:10 PM (ET) SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Tom
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 9, 2006
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      DeLay Suggests He Might Not Retire

      Jul 7, 9:10 PM (ET)

      SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay
      suggested Friday that he may not be ready for
      retirement just yet, a day after a federal judge ruled
      that his name must remain on the November ballot even
      though he resigned from Congress.

      DeLay, who came home to Sugar Land for a previously
      scheduled event, also criticized U.S. District Judge
      Sam Sparks' ruling that the former House majority
      leader's name had to remain on the ballot.

      "For this guy to say he can't tell where I'm going to
      be on Election Day, and that I am forced to be on the
      ballot, well, they may get exactly what they want,"
      DeLay told supporters to raucous applause. Sparks is a
      Democrat appointed by Republican former President
      George Bush.

      Later, reporters asked Delay if he now planned to run.
      He didn't say no.

      "We have to wait and see what the 5th Circuit does on
      appeal," he said.

      The Texas Republican Party appealed to the 5th Circuit
      Court of Appeals in New Orleans immediately after
      Sparks' ruling Thursday in Austin. Attorney Jim Bopp
      said he hoped to have a decision from the higher court
      this month, allowing the GOP to nominate a new
      candidate.

      DeLay, who is awaiting trial on Texas charges of money
      laundering and conspiracy in a campaign finance case,
      won the Republican primary in March but resigned from
      Congress on June 9 and said he has moved to Virginia.

      He still owns - and his wife, Christine, still lives
      in - his Sugar Land house, where DeLay also spends
      time, the Democrats pointed out.

      Democrats want to keep his name and his legal troubles
      on the minds of voters as Democrat Nick Lampson tries
      to capture DeLay's 22nd congressional district seat in
      suburban Houston. The party sued to keep the GOP from
      removing DeLay's name from the ballot.

      Republicans want to name a replacement nominee, and
      several prominent Houston area politicians are vying
      for the spot.

      The U.S. Constitution states a member of Congress on
      Election Day must be an inhabitant of the state where
      his district is located. Sparks said he was not
      convinced that DeLay would not return to Texas.
    • Ram Lau
      Does he have a choice? Ram
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 10, 2006
        Does he have a choice?

        Ram
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