Now DeLay Says He’s a Northern Californian

How Can Anyone Believe This Guy?
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Reasonable doubts about the legitimacy of Tom DeLay’s “move” to Virginia have grown even stronger after he placed over 8000 robocalls to voters describing himself as a “Northern Californian.”(Source: Washington Post, June 14, 2006) It appears that DeLay has confused even himself as he manipulates facts, disrespects Texas voters and hides from responsibility.

New Low – Even for DeLay

A simple review of DeLay’s activities reveals a series of conflicting statements, official actions and sworn documents. This year alone, DeLay has:

  • voted in Republican Primaries in two different states;
  • cast votes as a Member of Congress from Texas after registering to vote in Virginia;
  • identified himself a “Northern Californian” in a series of robocalls.

Double-Voting DeLay

Thomas DeLay Voting History – Spring 2006

Texas Republican PrimaryThomas DeLay – March 7, 2006Voted In Person
Virginia Republican PrimaryThomas DeLay – June 9, 2006Voted Absentee

(Source: Associated Press, June 10, 2006, Texas Secretary of State)

DeLay activity as a Texas Congressman, while registered to vote in Virginia

Thomas DeLay Congressional Activity

Bills Sponsored2
Votes Cast79

(Bills Sponsored and Votes Cast between 5/15/2006 and 6/9/2006 Source: Clerk of the House of Representatives)

Texas. Virginia. Texas. California?

The timeline below reveals how DeLay’s activities conflict and undermine his credibility

March 7, 2006 through June 10, 2006

StateDateActivitySource
TexasMarch 7, 2006DeLay votes in Texas PrimaryWashington Post, March 8, 2006
TexasMarch 7, 2006DeLay wins the GOP primary for Congressional District 22Houston Chronicle, April 4, 2006
Texas/VirginiaApril 3, 2006DeLay announces he will resign from Congress and move to VirginiaHouston Chronicle, April 4, 2006
VirginiaLate April or Early MayDeLay claims he registered to vote in VirginiaAssociated Press, June 10, 2006
TexasJune 7, 2006DeLay sponsors a bill in Congress as the representative from the Texass 22 Congressional DistrictClerk of the House of Representatives
VirginiaJune 9, 2006DeLay votes absentee in Virginia ElectionAssociated Press, June 10, 2006
TexasJune 9, 2006DeLay casts 9 votes in Congress as the representative from the Texas 22 Congressional DistrictClerk of the House of Representatives
CaliforniaJune 10-13, 2006DeLay records a robocall message that goes out to 8,000 households which includes the line, “I recently re-registered to vote in Northern California”Washington Post, June 14, 2006; Roll Call, June 14, 2006

Bottom Line

Tom DeLay’s insistence on bending the rules and the law to the breaking point have created an environment in which neither his words nor is actions can be taken at face value. Simply said, DeLay’s credibility is shot.

Background

Under political fire and criminal indictment, on April 3, 2006, DeLay abandoned his campaign for re-election to Congress. To create an artificial vacancy on the Republican ballot so that Republican Party officials, rather than voters, could hand-pick his successor, DeLay claimed he would leave Texas, establish residency in Virginia. However, DeLay did not actually leave Congress until last week, specifically June 9, 2006.

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