Sometimes I come across an article or a news item that jumps out at me as so outrageous it absolutely throws me for a loop. In this particular case, I honestly could not believe my eyes. It seems according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, "Tom DeLay says he quit Congress to fight for Israel and conservative causes". Yes, that's correct, the former insect exterminator from Texas and scuzzball Christian-Zionist Republican didn't quit because of the MANY scandals surrounding him, NO, he quit to become a spokesman for Israel. Well Israel, you've got a "fine and honorable"advocate willing to hock for you now (or should I say, a "martyr willing to give up his seat as the "hammer" just for you)
From Think Progress:
Tom DeLay’s Cigar Problem
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Karen Tumulty reports:
[S]ome sharp-eyed TIME readers were surprised last week to see a photo of the Majority Leader smoking one of Cuba’s best–a Hoyo de Monterrey double corona… The photo was taken in Jerusalem on July 28, 2003, during a meeting between DeLay and the Republican Jewish Coalition
Last year, Tom DeLay had some nasty things to say about people who engage in this kind of behavior:
Arguing against loosening sanctions against Cuba last year, DeLay warned that Fidel Castro “will take the money. Every dime that finds its way into Cuba first finds its way into Fidel Castro’s blood-thirsty hands…. American consumers will get their fine cigars and their cheap sugar, but at the cost of our national honor.”
To be fair, Tom DeLay may not have put any money “into Fidel Castro’s blood-thirsty hands.” There’s always a chance Jack Abramoff bought the cigar for him.
So, lets just recount a FEW of the scandals concerning the termite man courtesy of The Bush Doctrine where you can find MUCH more :)
ABC News- 4/06/2005 - In exchange for the vacation, the top Republican in the Congress told the Saipanese, he would stop any new laws outlawing sex shops and sweatshops in the US controlled territory.
The Slate- 4/07/2005 - The Majority Leader of Republicans called the Corrupt Lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, "One of my closest and dearest friends," during a toast at a dinner party.
Brietbart - 12/12/2005 - Hispanics were cut off from each other so that Republicans could win more seats in Congress. Because of Past Racial Redisctricting, the Justice Department had to sign off on it. They did anyway.
Wash Post - 12/31/2005 - The Sordid Tale of Tom Delay's "U.S. Family Network." A non-profit company they set up to take bribes, under the guise of helping US Morality.
ABC News- 1/07/2006 - Tom Delay has resinged as Majority Leader of Republicans in the Congress after being formally charged with 2 corruption charges by a state grand jury.
Wash Post - 4/04/2006 - A federal criminal investigation has already reached into his inner circl
Wash Post - 4/05/2006 - Tom Delay, the primary architect of the House Republican Majority who became one of the most powerful people in Washington, resigned from Congress as several state and federal probes found corruption to be rampant in his office.
And last but not least, from TPM Cafe by Tod Gitlin:
"Despite his antipathy toward liberals, Mr. DeLay joked that he's happy to work with them. He told me he is about to sign on with CNN as a commentator. "I may be their only conservative on air, but someone has to do it."
Now I've heard it all. I think I'll take a sleeping pill and hope to GOD I don't dream of giant alien
bugs coming at me!!! Good luck Israel and CNN, you are in FINE company!!!
UPDATE: Apparently CNN is NOT hiring Tom Delay according to the Huffington Post. Seems
John Fund took the bug man at his word when interviewing him. Just goes to show, you should NEVER trust a termite-con-artist-defunct-Republican-congressman-lieing-thief. This guy is as SLIPPERY AS AN EEL!! And now he's out hocking his new book, "No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight, can't WAIT to buy it, can you?