DeLay threatens to sue...
Here we go again. Tom "The Hammer" DeLay is threatening to "sue any station" that runs ads [VIDEO] connecting him to Jack Abramoff (from whom he took $57,000), mentioning his indictment or listing the numerous golf trips he's taken.
Not to mention the cool mil he received from Russians allegedly for a favorable vote.
Every allegation made in the ad is not only backed up with documentation from big media but the documentation even accompanies the facts on..the...screen.
But let's face it, this isn't about a case DeLay thinks he's gonna win. This is about throwing his weight around (he still has quite a bit of power in congress and thus has his hands in legislation and regulation that effects the corporations behind these local stations) and giving the stations a plausible excuse to not run the ads.
Campaign for America's Future co-director Roger Hickey said: "The people of Houston know he has something to hide. We hope their TV stations don't betray their First Amendment rights and obligations by capitulating."
Public Campaign Action Fund national campaigns director David Donnelly commented: "Rep. DeLay doesn't want the people of Houston to know that Russian interests allegedly gave $1 million to influence his vote. In fact, he doesn't want anyone back home to know anything he's up to with corrupt lobbyists in Washington..."
The two groups are behind the $115,000 ad campaign to "clean up congress."
Unfortunately for DeLay this latest strongarming may go limp as that infamous Republican unity ain't so unified on this account. The latest fly to drop, so to speak, is out East:
U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Conn., has decided to donate the $39,500 he received from former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's political action committees to local charities.
"It's the right thing to do," Simmons' chief of staff, Todd Mitchell, said Tuesday.
Simmons is among Republican House members calling for new leadership elections later this month.Now that's a vote of "no confidence."
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