Thursday, July 06, 2006

DeLay on the ballot

It's odd, but the retired Tom DeLay will be on the ballot in his home district this November. From the Houston Chronicle:

A federal judge ruled today that Republicans cannot replace former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on the ballot for the 22nd Congressional District race.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, a Republican appointee, ruled that DeLay must appear on the Nov. 7 ballot as the GOP nominee for the congressional seat that he abandoned last month.

Lindsay B., who once tracked DeLay's "perp walk," makes a good point: "The Texas legislators who fled to Ardmore, Oklahoma in an attempt to prevent DeLay's redistricting are probably having a good laugh right now.

We should all have a good laugh.

My friend Steve Benen says this "couldn't have happened to a more appropriate person": "DeLay hasn't been raising money or campaigning, of course, because he didn't think he'd have to. If this ruling stands, DeLay not only have to convince voters to overlook his multiple legal and ethical scandals, he'll have to ask them to forgive him from resigning and he'll have to take on a well-funded and well-liked Democrat, former Rep. Nick Lampson, who never stopped running for the seat."

Wouldn't it be great to see DeLay lose? Honestly, aside from the Democrats taking both the Senate and the House, what else could you wish for this November?

(See also Amanda Marcotte, Tim F. at Balloon Juice (who looks at Republican sleaze), Swing State Project, and, on the other side, James Joyner.)

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