Featuring actual reporting (as opposed to just rewritten press releases), the Texas Observer actually writes about what happened at Tom DeLay's recent "Conservative Movement Salute" held in D.C. recently to shore up the failing GOP House Leader.
They accomplished this feat by actually attending the event, talking to people who were there, and reporting on what they saw and what they didn't see. Imagine that.
What they didn't see, was the bulk of DeLay's Republican colleagues, nor the many K Street lobbyists with whom DeLay has infamously raised millions...
Then she looked at the head table: "Is there anybody important out here?"
...There's something odd about a tribute to a political leader with no political leaders in the crowd. She crashed a party expecting to see Senator Bill Frist, and all she got was salmon, filet mignon, a lot of red wine?and the plastic hammer from atop the red, white, and blue marble cake.
Later in the evening I asked a slightly drunk young woman in an elegant black dress (that was probably far too revealing for the Christians in the crowd) what brought her and her four companions to the event. ?Just the freeeeee tickets!? she said.
So what happened to keep all of DeLay's Republican friends to keep them from showing up to support their leader? The event was prior to DeLay's political action committee having been fined $200,000 this week for failing to disclose half a million dollars worth of corporate contributions after all. Perhaps many of them didn't want to be seen as losers associating with a criminal like DeLay. Well...not all of them cared about being seen as losers...
Only two House Republicans, Tom Feeney and Trent Franks?not big players in party politics or policymaking?were eagerly talking to the press. Feeney is an ardent DeLay supporter from Florida. He has received $10,000 from DeLay's national political action committee (ARMPAC) since his first race in 2002. He also works on a House team coordinating DeLay's support. He said DeLay is a target because "he is the most effective leader the House has seen in 50 years."
Yes...Tom Feeney, BRAD BLOG's favorite lying Republican congressman from Florida, is proud to be associated with a man like Tom DeLay! And why wouldn't he be? He was on several of those expensive lobbyist-paid trips with his good friend Tom DeLay and a recent report showed that he's the #1 closest ally of Tom DeLay in the entire U.S. House of Representatives!
Congratulations are due Texas Observer for doing what the media is supposed to do: Investigate and Report.
Congratulations are also due to the Two Toms for being two of the most corrupt officials in the House of Representatives! No small feat that!
(Thanks to David Edwards for his tip on this article.)
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