'The Exterminator' Successfully Squashes TV Spots Charging Corruption That Apparently Bugged Him
By Brad Friedman on 1/12/2006, 6:57pm PT  

As we reported yesterday, indicted former House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay (R-TX) had threatened television stations with litigation if they dared to air a 30-second spot exposing his corruption and calling for him to resign.

According to House Chronicle today, it looks like at least four Houston stations (DeLay's home district), have rolled over for the once-powerful (and apparently still powerful) Republican pol:

The four Houston television stations that sold airtime for a commercial criticizing U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay refused to air it Wednesday after objections from a DeLay lawyer, but the ad was accessible on cable channels and the Internet.

The stations offered little or no rationale for their decisions, nor would they comment on whether the letter from DeLay campaign lawyer Don McGahn influenced them.

The ads, one for TV concerning DeLay, another for radio about the soon-to-be-indicted Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) were created by Campaign for America's Future. They can be seen and heard right here.