Delay to Resign
The Galveston County Daily News is reporting that Tom Delay will resign his seat this spring or summer. Coming just days after the guilty plea of his former aide Tony Rudy in the Abramoff affair, Delay has apparently decided not only to drop out of his reelection race, but to resign altogether.
Delay cited troubling poll numbers as driving his decision. More likely, the collective weight of the Abramoff, Buckham, and TRMPAC scandals brought the Hammer down, so to speak. Always comfortable traveling the low road, Delay blamed his one-time aides for his downfall, "I regret having people on my staff who I trusted who have disappointed me."
Just one week after Delay's celebrated performance at the "War on Christians" conference, the charter member of the American Taliban has apparently suffered some divine retribution of his own.
For more background on the Delay scandals, see Perrspectives' Delay/Abramoff Scandal Center.