One last impropriety in DeLay's office
DeLay's replacement wants files probe
By JOE STINEBAKER, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 1
HOUSTON - The newest member of Congress, who is
temporarily filling former Majority Leader Tom DeLay's
Texas seat, wants an investigation into the
destruction of computer files in her office by
staffers she inherited from DeLay.
Rep. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, R-Texas, said the staffers
resigned en masse and walked out Tuesday, a day after
she was sworn in to fill DeLay's seat for the next
seven weeks. A Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call,
reported the staffers did not like the way she was
Sekula-Gibbs said in a statement Thursday that seven
employees in her Washington office and the district
office in Stafford, Texas, outside Houston, "deleted
records and files without my knowledge or permission"
on the same day she was sworn in.
Spokeswoman Lisa Dimond told The Associated Press that
the congresswoman had not yet gotten a response to her
request for an investigation by the House's chief
Sekula-Gibbs said the walkouts were "suspicious" in
that the seven took the time to delete files before
leaving without notice.
Dimond said other staffers discovered the work-related
files were missing when they tried to access them.
Sekula-Gibbs has raised a few eyebrows on Capitol Hill
in her first three days in office, largely because of
the mass resignation.
She prompted chuckles in The Washington Post and other
national publications by telling reporters she planned
to resolve such thorny issues as tax cuts, immigration
reform and the
Iraq war all in less than three weeks of a lame-duck
The aides' departure left her with a Washington staff
of two former Houston City Council aides, an intern on
loan from Rep. Michael Burgess (news, bio, voting
record), R-Texas, and one other aide provided from the
Sekula-Gibbs is filling DeLay's unexpired term, but
only until DeLay's successor, Democrat Nick Lampson,
is sworn in come January.