Friday, October 14, 2005

DeLay's Web of Scandal in Iowa

I absolutely heart the Iowa Democratic Party for this press release:
"Six Iowa Republicans are tied to Tom DeLay’s indictments with no sign of untangling themselves from his "Web of Scandal". Three Iowa Republican Congressman have taken money from DeLay, two candidates keep a consultant who is at the center of the DeLay indictment, and now, one of their own is outspoken in his unwavering support of DeLay.

Congressman Tom DeLay has been indicted twice by two Texas grand juries on charges of conspiring to violate political fundraising laws, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Congressmen Jim Nussle, Steve King and Tom Latham have received a total of $56,105 from DeLay’s tainted political action committee.

After each indictment, the Iowa Democratic Party has called on each Congressman to return the dirty DeLay money. All three Congressmen have refused. Congressmen Steve King went as far as to publicly declare his support for DeLay saying, "From a philosophical perspective, (DeLay) and I are on the same page... We think down the same path. He is one of rare individuals that I just click with." [Sioux City Journal 10/11/05]

Iowa native and campaign consultant Terry Nelson is front and center in the DeLay indictment. According to the Quad City Times, Nelson accepted the allegedly illegal $190,000 check from DeLay's corporate political action committee Texans for a Republican Majority and funneled the money through the Republican National Committee back to Texas state legislature candidates.

Nelson is a consultant for Jeff Lamberti and Bill Dix's congressional races. After hiring Nelson, Dix called Nelson one of the "top strategists in the country." Despite Nelson's involvement in the DeLay indictment, Lamberti and Dix continue to stand by their man.

The people of Iowa deserve to know why the six Iowa Republicans refuse to untangle themselves from DeLay's "Web of Scandal" and the culture of corruption that has become the norm in Washington."
How long will it take for Latham, King, and Nussle (the man who wants to be governor!) to give their tainted DeLay money back? And is Nussle the same type of corrupt that DeLay is?

I'd say yes.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

It makes me nervous that it takes a national disaster to light a fire under Nussle to actually think about reality-based budgeting. Even now, it's kind of ridiculous - he wants to cut $19.5 billion to fund hurricane relief, but doesn't seem to care about the $300+ billion deficit. I can't wait to see what kind of fiscal nonsense he's gonna try to pull in his campaign for Governor.