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'''Tom DeLay''' (born 1947 as Thomas Dale DeLay ) is an American politician from Sugarland, Texas, near Houston. He served in the [[House of Representatives]] from 1984 to 2006, representing the 22nd district in Texas. A leading Republican, he was the [[House Majority Leader]] from 2003 to 2005, and was the most aggressive and powerful member of Congress, and gave the GOP house members unprecedented unity and cohesion in pursuing a [[conservative]], [[Christian]] vision through his tactic of "growing the vote" and seeking to build bridges with centrist Republicans through his "catch and release" tactics. DeLay fell victim of a [[partisan]] political witchhunt by opponents and [[mainstream media]] outlets.  
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'''Tom DeLay''' (born 1947 in Laredo, [[Texas]], as Thomas Dale DeLay) is an American politician from Sugar Land near [[Houston, Texas|Houston]]. He served in the [[United States House of Representatives]] from 1984 to 2006, having represented the 22nd district of Texas. A leading Republican, he was the [[House Majority Leader]] from 2003 to 2005. As the most aggressive and powerful member of Congress, he gave the GOP legislative ranks unprecedented unity and cohesion in pursuing a [[conservative]], [[Christian]] vision through his tactic of "growing the vote" and seeking to build bridges with centrist Republicans through his "catch and release" tactics. DeLay soon resigned from Congress, a victim, say his supporters, of a [[partisan]] political witchhunt by opponents and [[mainstream media]] outlets.  
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==Israel==
 
==Israel==
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Critics of DeLay have taken to calling him "AIPAC's man in Congress."<ref>[http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Talk:Thomas_D._DeLay AIPAC's "man"], SourceWatch, Talk:Thomas D. DeLay, retrieved 06/13/07.</ref><ref>[http://timescorrespondents.typepad.com/baker/2006/04/justice_delayed.html#comment-15942285 Timesonline], retrieved 06/13/07.</ref><ref>[http://www.democrats.org/a/2005/10/tom_delay_im_st.php#comments001959 democrats.org], retrieved 06/13/07.</ref>  AIPAC is the American Israeli Poltical Action Committee, a lobbying group in support of Israel.  On January 1, 2003, Leader Tom DeLay was invited to address the [[Israeli]] [[Knesset]].  Leader Delay remarked,
 
Critics of DeLay have taken to calling him "AIPAC's man in Congress."<ref>[http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Talk:Thomas_D._DeLay AIPAC's "man"], SourceWatch, Talk:Thomas D. DeLay, retrieved 06/13/07.</ref><ref>[http://timescorrespondents.typepad.com/baker/2006/04/justice_delayed.html#comment-15942285 Timesonline], retrieved 06/13/07.</ref><ref>[http://www.democrats.org/a/2005/10/tom_delay_im_st.php#comments001959 democrats.org], retrieved 06/13/07.</ref>  AIPAC is the American Israeli Poltical Action Committee, a lobbying group in support of Israel.  On January 1, 2003, Leader Tom DeLay was invited to address the [[Israeli]] [[Knesset]].  Leader Delay remarked,
  
 
{{Cquote|The solidarity between the United States and Israel is deeper than the various interests we share. It goes to the very nature of man, to the endowment of our G-d-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness... We know our victory in the [[war on terror]] depends on Israel’s survival.  And we know Israel’s survival depends on the willingness of free nations – especially our own – to stand by all endangered democracies in their time of need...In short, it is the position of the people of the United States, as expressed by their representatives in Congress, that Israel’s fight is our fight...The common destiny of the United States and Israel is not an artificial alliance dictated by our leaders.  It is a heartfelt friendship between the citizens of two democracies at war, bound by the solidarity of freedom.  Brothers and sisters of Israel: Be not afraid. The American people stand with you. <ref>[http://www.tampabayprimer.org/index.cfm?action=articles&drill=viewArt&art=947 Speech of Congressman Tom DeLay at the Knesset], January 01, 2003.</ref>}}
 
{{Cquote|The solidarity between the United States and Israel is deeper than the various interests we share. It goes to the very nature of man, to the endowment of our G-d-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness... We know our victory in the [[war on terror]] depends on Israel’s survival.  And we know Israel’s survival depends on the willingness of free nations – especially our own – to stand by all endangered democracies in their time of need...In short, it is the position of the people of the United States, as expressed by their representatives in Congress, that Israel’s fight is our fight...The common destiny of the United States and Israel is not an artificial alliance dictated by our leaders.  It is a heartfelt friendship between the citizens of two democracies at war, bound by the solidarity of freedom.  Brothers and sisters of Israel: Be not afraid. The American people stand with you. <ref>[http://www.tampabayprimer.org/index.cfm?action=articles&drill=viewArt&art=947 Speech of Congressman Tom DeLay at the Knesset], January 01, 2003.</ref>}}
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==Support for Economic Freedoms==
 
==Support for Economic Freedoms==
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DeLay was given a 100/100 scorecard by the US Chamber of Commerce and the American Conservative Union, and was consistently one of staunchest advocates of market based solutions, economic freedom and American industry. Speaking of the American free enterprise system, he said:
 
DeLay was given a 100/100 scorecard by the US Chamber of Commerce and the American Conservative Union, and was consistently one of staunchest advocates of market based solutions, economic freedom and American industry. Speaking of the American free enterprise system, he said:
  
 
{{Cquote|You represent everything that is good about what we are trying to do in America and leading the world in the free-market system"}}
 
{{Cquote|You represent everything that is good about what we are trying to do in America and leading the world in the free-market system"}}
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==Support for the Pro-life Movement and Christian Values==
 
==Support for the Pro-life Movement and Christian Values==
Delay was and remains a committed to [[Christian]] values, and remembers his desperate fight to save the life of [[Terri Schiavo]] as the highlight of his political career. Delay personally spearheaded the campaign to secure federal intervention in the struggle to defend life, and was personally shocked at the decision of Shiavo's husband to starve her death, an act he decried as "barbarism". Delay's great and principled stance cost him greatly, when the [[liberal]] led persecution of him violated his privacy by releasing details of the tragic end of his fathers life to the mass media.  
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Delay, a [[Baptist]], was and remains a committed to Christian values, and remembers his desperate fight to save the life of [[Terri Schiavo]] as the highlight of his political career. Delay personally spearheaded the campaign to secure federal intervention in the struggle to defend life, and was personally shocked at the decision of Shiavo's husband to starve her death, an act he decried as "barbarism". Delay's great and principled stance cost him greatly, when the [[liberal]] led persecution of him violated his privacy by releasing details of the tragic end of his fathers life to the mass media.  
  
 
==Partisan Witchhunt==
 
==Partisan Witchhunt==
DeLay resigned (under Republican House rules) his leadership position when partisan motivated indictments were brought against him in Texas. In 2010, all federal charges were dropped. It has been reported the charges were brought by a Ronnie Earle, the Travis County District Attorney who is a member of the [[Democratic Party]].<ref>http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/28/AR2005092800270.html</ref> DeLay was charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. On November 24, 2010 a jury found DeLay guilty. Delay has been sentenced to 3 years in jail. <ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/11/24/jury-convicts-delay-money-laundering-trial/ DeLay Found Guilty
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DeLay resigned (under Republican House rules) his leadership position when partisan motivated indictments were brought against him in Texas. In 2010, all federal charges were dropped. It has been reported the charges were brought by a Ronnie Earle, the then Travis County District Attorney who is a member of the [[Democratic Party]].<ref>http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/28/AR2005092800270.html</ref> DeLay was charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. On November 24, 2010, a jury found DeLay guilty. Delay has been sentenced to three years in jail. <ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/11/24/jury-convicts-delay-money-laundering-trial/ DeLay Found Guilty
 
Of Money Laundering]</ref>
 
Of Money Laundering]</ref>
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==Dancing with the Stars==
 
==Dancing with the Stars==
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DeLay has been selected to appear in the ninth season of the ABC show "Dancing with the Stars". <ref>[http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/us_tv_dancing_with_the_stars/2009/08/17/248606.html 'Dancing With the Stars' Includes Tom Delay, AP, August 17,2009]</ref>  
 
DeLay has been selected to appear in the ninth season of the ABC show "Dancing with the Stars". <ref>[http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/us_tv_dancing_with_the_stars/2009/08/17/248606.html 'Dancing With the Stars' Includes Tom Delay, AP, August 17,2009]</ref>  
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==References==
 
==References==
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Revision as of 09:50, 27 November 2011

Congressman DeLay speaking at a Department of Transportation event

Tom DeLay (born 1947 in Laredo, Texas, as Thomas Dale DeLay) is an American politician from Sugar Land near Houston. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1984 to 2006, having represented the 22nd district of Texas. A leading Republican, he was the House Majority Leader from 2003 to 2005. As the most aggressive and powerful member of Congress, he gave the GOP legislative ranks unprecedented unity and cohesion in pursuing a conservative, Christian vision through his tactic of "growing the vote" and seeking to build bridges with centrist Republicans through his "catch and release" tactics. DeLay soon resigned from Congress, a victim, say his supporters, of a partisan political witchhunt by opponents and mainstream media outlets.


Israel

Critics of DeLay have taken to calling him "AIPAC's man in Congress."[1][2][3] AIPAC is the American Israeli Poltical Action Committee, a lobbying group in support of Israel. On January 1, 2003, Leader Tom DeLay was invited to address the Israeli Knesset. Leader Delay remarked,


The solidarity between the United States and Israel is deeper than the various interests we share. It goes to the very nature of man, to the endowment of our G-d-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness... We know our victory in the war on terror depends on Israel’s survival. And we know Israel’s survival depends on the willingness of free nations – especially our own – to stand by all endangered democracies in their time of need...In short, it is the position of the people of the United States, as expressed by their representatives in Congress, that Israel’s fight is our fight...The common destiny of the United States and Israel is not an artificial alliance dictated by our leaders. It is a heartfelt friendship between the citizens of two democracies at war, bound by the solidarity of freedom. Brothers and sisters of Israel: Be not afraid. The American people stand with you. [4]


Support for Economic Freedoms

DeLay was given a 100/100 scorecard by the US Chamber of Commerce and the American Conservative Union, and was consistently one of staunchest advocates of market based solutions, economic freedom and American industry. Speaking of the American free enterprise system, he said:


You represent everything that is good about what we are trying to do in America and leading the world in the free-market system"


Support for the Pro-life Movement and Christian Values

Delay, a Baptist, was and remains a committed to Christian values, and remembers his desperate fight to save the life of Terri Schiavo as the highlight of his political career. Delay personally spearheaded the campaign to secure federal intervention in the struggle to defend life, and was personally shocked at the decision of Shiavo's husband to starve her death, an act he decried as "barbarism". Delay's great and principled stance cost him greatly, when the liberal led persecution of him violated his privacy by releasing details of the tragic end of his fathers life to the mass media.

Partisan Witchhunt

DeLay resigned (under Republican House rules) his leadership position when partisan motivated indictments were brought against him in Texas. In 2010, all federal charges were dropped. It has been reported the charges were brought by a Ronnie Earle, the then Travis County District Attorney who is a member of the Democratic Party.[5] DeLay was charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. On November 24, 2010, a jury found DeLay guilty. Delay has been sentenced to three years in jail. [6]


Dancing with the Stars

DeLay has been selected to appear in the ninth season of the ABC show "Dancing with the Stars". [7]


References

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