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Sunday, October 16, 2005

DeLay still raising funds from big oil

Man, that guy's got class. Think Progress links to several sources, so I'm going with their story. The best part is that the upstanding members of the Petroleum Club are some of those who cut the corporate checks that DeLay is being investigated for in the first place. This is how a Texas newspaper reports the story:

Saying former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay "will be just fine" despite his Travis County indictments, Congressman Mike Conaway Wednesday announced he will host a re-election fundraiser for DeLay from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Petroleum Club. (. . .)

"I have great confidence in the justice system that Tom DeLay will be just fine. Mr. Earle has gone after conservatives in the past," the 11th Congressional District Republican said, referring to Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle.

"Not a lot of people know this, but Mr. DeLay is a devout Christian. He and his wife have been foster parents. He is a fine man. And if it hadn't been for him and our great Speaker of the House, Tom Craddick, in 2003 redistricting, I might not have been elected to Congress."

Conaway said afterward the Friday event will be open to the public to aid DeLay's District 22 race against former Democratic congressman Nick Lampson of Beaumont, who was defeated last year by Ted Poe. He said Lampson has not yet moved into DeLay's district.

Note that Lampson was one of the victims of DeLay's notorious gerrymandering scheme. But seeing as how DeLay is not just a guy who supports sweatshop labor in Taipan, but a devout Christian who supports sweatshop labor in Taipan, he must be a pretty good egg after all.