Saturday, January 07, 2006

DeLay Says "Adios" to Leadership

The indicted majority leader is no longer trying to retain his post. In a letter to his Republican colleagues, DeLay wrote that he had always "acted in an ethical manner" and was "fully confident that time will bear this out." After Jack Abramoff's guilty plea, some House Republicans had agitated to bar DeLay from returning to leadership if he were acquitted.

The position of majority leader is being sought by US Rep Roy Blunt, who has been acting in that role, and US Rep John Boehner, who is likely to oppose him. According to the NY Times:

Others could also rise as condenters, including Representatives Mike Pence of Indiana, Mike Rogers of Michigan and Jerry Lewis of California. The leadership battle could also have a domino effect and extend to other party positions.

“It is going to be a race,” predicted one senior House leadership aide who did not want to be identified publicly discussing internal party politics.

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