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Sugar Land mayor to seek DeLay's seat

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  • Greg Cannon
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      Sugar Land mayor to seek DeLay's seat

      By SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer 49 minutes
      ago

      WASHINGTON - The mayor of former Majority Leader
      Tom DeLay's hometown said Wednesday he will run as a
      write-in candidate for his House seat after the
      scandal-scarred DeLay moved to withdraw from the
      November ballot.

      David Wallace, one of the candidates Texas Republicans
      were considering to replace DeLay, said in a statement
      that he had the backing of family, grass-roots leaders
      and friends in his write-in bid. The Democratic
      nominee is former Rep. Nick Lampson.

      "I will be taking the fight to Nick Lampson and his
      liberal allies every day," said Wallace, the mayor of
      Sugar Land, Texas.

      DeLay announced on Tuesday he was withdrawing from the
      race after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
      rejected attempts by Texas Republicans to replace him
      on the November ballot.

      The former congressman who served more than two
      decades was forced to act after Republicans lost
      several court fights to remove his name from the
      ballot in the Houston-area district and replace him
      with a GOP-chosen nominee.

      DeLay resigned from Congress on June 9, after winning
      a primary election in March, and moved his main
      residence to Virginia.

      Wallace has name recognition and money-raising ability
      — more than $157,000 cash on hand as of June 30 — that
      party officials need to take on Lampson, who had
      amassed more than $2 million in his campaign treasury
      as of June 30 in preparation for a race against DeLay.

      DeLay faces money laundering charges in Texas alleging
      he helped route illegal corporate cash to legislative
      campaigns in 2002. DeLay also has close ties to Jack
      Abramoff, the lobbyist at the center of a
      congressional corruption investigation. Two former
      DeLay aides who later worked with Abramoff have
      pleaded guilty in the investigation.

      DeLay has denied any wrongdoing in both investigations
      but the indictment forced him to step down from his
      job as majority leader and Republicans urged him to
      abandon his efforts to reclaim the job.
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