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One last impropriety in DeLay's office

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061117/ap_on_go_co/delay_s_successor_1 DeLay s replacement wants files probe By JOE STINEBAKER, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 1
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 16, 2006
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      DeLay's replacement wants files probe

      By JOE STINEBAKER, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 1
      minute ago

      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
      treating them.

      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
      administrative officer.

      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
      Congress.

      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
      House's staff.

      Sekula-Gibbs is filling DeLay's unexpired term, but
      only until DeLay's successor, Democrat Nick Lampson,
      is sworn in come January.
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