Sugar Land mayor to seek DeLay's seat
By SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer 49 minutes
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
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.