Sunday, April 10, 2005

Republican Calls for DeLay to Step Down

Tom DeLay is trying to save his neck by getting all the Republicans to back him out ouf party loyalty, but not all are going along:

Shays: DeLay Should Quit As House Leader
GOP Congressman Tells AP That Texas Rep. Tom DeLay Should Step Down As House Majority Leader

The Associated Press

Apr. 10, 2005 - Private GOP tensions over Tom DeLay's ethics controversy spilled into public Sunday, as a Senate leader called on DeLay to explain his actions and one House Republican demanded the majority leader's resignation.

"Tom's conduct is hurting the Republican Party, is hurting this Republican majority and it is hurting any Republican who is up for re-election," Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., told The Associated Press in an interview, calling for DeLay to step down as majority leader.

DeLay, R-Texas, who was admonished by the House ethics committee last year, has been dogged in recent months by new reports about his overseas travel funded by special interests, campaign payments to family members and connections to a lobbyist who is under criminal investigation.

A moderate Republican from Connecticut who has battled with his party's leadership on a number of issues, Shays said efforts by the House GOP members to change ethics rules to protect DeLay only make the party look bad.

"My party is going to have to decide whether we are going to continue to make excuses for Tom to the detriment of Republicans seeking election," Shays said.



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