Monday, July 10, 2006

Run Tom Run?

Apparently Tom Delay isn't content to just hand the Dems a seat in Congress. From the WaPo:

"Former representative Tom DeLay suggested yesterday that he may not be ready for retirement just yet, a day after a federal judge ruled that his name must remain on the November ballot even though he resigned from Congress.

DeLay, who came to Sugar Land, Tex., for a previously scheduled event, also criticized U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks's ruling that the former House majority leader's name had to remain on the ballot.

"For this guy to say he can't tell where I'm going to be on Election Day, and that I am forced to be on the ballot, well, they may get exactly what they want," DeLay told supporters to raucous applause."

Later, reporters asked DeLay if he now plans to run. He did not say no.

"We have to wait and see what the 5th Circuit does on appeal," he said.


Captain's Quarters had this to add:

Thanks to an ill-considered lawsuit by Texas Democrats, Tom DeLay may wind up running for office to regain the seat he just resigned in Congress:

A source close to the ex-Congressman tells TIME that DeLay is planning an aggressive campaign to retake the House seat he quit in June if an appeals court lets stand a ruling by a federal judge last week that his name must stay on November's ballot—even though he has moved to Virginia.

"If it isn't overturned, Katy bar the door!" says a G.O.P. official. "Guess he'll have to fire up the engines on the campaign and let 'er rip."

As much as I dislike Delay I'd rather his consticuency actually have a chance to vote him out of office than have the Dems win that seat on a technicality and deny his former district true representation.