Friday, May 20, 2005

DeLay prosecutor at Dem fundraiser

From the Houston Chronicle:
Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, who denies partisan motives for his investigation of a political group founded by Republican leader Tom DeLay, was the featured speaker last week at a Democratic fund-raiser where he spoke directly about the congressman.

A newly formed Democratic political action committee, Texas Values in Action Coalition, hosted the May 12 event in Dallas to raise campaign money to take control of the state Legislature from the GOP, organizers said.

Earle, an elected Democrat, helped generate $102,000 for the organization. political motivations here. And then this knee-slapper:
Earle said Wednesday he knew the group that met in Dallas was raising money for Democrats, but that it was not his reason for speaking.

"I'd make the same speech to any group, Republican or Democrat, as long as the group was interested in honest, open government," Earle said in a telephone interview.
Yeah, right. Maybe he'd like to help federal investigators check out the 120 Representatives in the House who spent more on travel for their staffs (paid for by lobbyists) than Tom DeLay did. Somehow, I doubt he would.

By the way, the top five Congress members who take the most junkets last year:

- Rep. Maxine Waters and Senator John Breaux, both Democrats.
- Rep. Harold Ford, Democrat
- Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Democrat
- Rep. Barney Frank, Democrat

Tom DeLay is ranked 121st. Wonder why the House Democrats haven't pushed for a full-blown investigation into DeLay? Because they know full well the investigation scope will increase to cover the aforementioned Democrat wandering souls (excluding Breaux...he retired). It's much easier to publicly trash DeLay without specifics, since those tend to be inconvenient at times, don't they?