Less than a week after Randy "Duke" Cunningham plead guilty to taking bribes from defense contractors to stear business their way, the same group of big money defense contractors are holding a fundraiser for Tom "ethics is for pansies" DeLay, who has already been bitch slapped by his own lack of ethical standards. You would think that someone might be smart enough to distance themselves from the same group that just help bring down another Republican, but DeLay just won't quit.
Even if DeLay can weather this storm and recover his leadership position in the House, how long could it be before he is again under some sort of investigation. Unfortunate for the short term, but fortunate for the long term, DeLay is like every other career criminal. They just can't live by the same rules that the rest of us do. When you have no moral compass, you never learn a "lesson" and go on the straight and narrow. You just look for the next opportunity to score big at someone else's expense.
Sooner or later, DeLay will go down in disgrace. It is just a question of when and how much damage he does to those who surround him in the mean time.
Breakfast of DeLay Champions
By Al Kamen
Monday, December 5, 2005; Page A19
SAVE THE DATE! The "Defense Industry Reelection Event" for former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) is at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Capitol Hill Club.
Join Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and many of their colleagues who are getting together to help the embattled DeLay, who may actually have a competitive race next year.
The sponsors are a half-dozen defense lobby heavyweights: Greg Dahlberg , a former Army undersecretary and former aide to Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), now with Lockheed Martin; Northrop Grumman's Diane Harper ; American Defense International's Michael H. Herson ; Letitia White of Copeland Lowery & Jacquez; defense consultant Al Jackson ; and Doug Ritter of General Dynamics.
This is not a coffee and doughnuts affair. We're talking a sit-down with maybe some bacon and eggs, possibly even a pancake or two. Better yet, you can rub shoulders and set up golf outings with key GOP members of the two powerful House committees, including Henry Bonilla (Tex.), Ken Calvert (Calif.), Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (N.J.), Kay Granger (Tex.), Howard P. " Buck " McKeon (Calif.), Todd Tiahrt (Kan.), Roger Wicker (Miss.) and Joe Wilson (S.C.).
As would be expected, attending this event is an honor, albeit an expensive one. A "Host" PAC runs you $5,000 -- though maybe you can take home leftover bagels. You can be honored as a sponsoring PAC for $2,500, or you can make your individual donation for only $1,000. Please make checks payable to the Tom DeLay Congressional Committee.