|Exclusive: Tom DeLay Says He Will Give Up His Seat|
The embattled former Republican leader tells TIME that he will leave Congress and not seek reelection
Rep. Tom DeLay, whose iron hold on the House Republicans melted as a lobbying corruption scandal engulfed the Capitol, told TIME that he will not seek reelection and will leave Congress within months.
|"I refuse to allow liberal Democrats an opportunity to steal this seat with a negative personal campaign," DeLay said|
|Democrats retaking Congress, he said, would be disastrous, replete with tax hikes,|
|a cut-and-run stance in the war on terror|
|and antics such as a presidential impeachment gambit.|
|"After many weeks of personal, prayerful thinking and analysis, I have come to the conclusion that it is time to close this public service chapter of my life.|
"It's time to begin opening new chapters and pursuing new opportunities to engage in the important cultural and political battles of our day from outside the arena of the United States House of Representatives.
"I have no regrets today and no doubt. I am proud of the past and I am at peace with the present and I'm excited about the future, which holds as always America's brightest days and mine, too. Thank you and may God bless you all. He has certainly blessed me."
Originally Posted by DaryLLL
As Air America says, every word is a lie. Read it all backwards:
"I am full of regrets today and doubt. I am ashamed of the past and I am not at peace with the present and I'm dreading the future, which holds as always America's darkest days and mine, too. Thank you and may God curse you all. He has certainly cursed me."
Originally Posted by LoveBeads
I hope he gets the fruit basket that I sent. I signed all of your names.
Originally Posted by abimommy
Wasn't the Dem who lost his seat in redistricting running again?