Wednesday, September 28, 2005

House Majority Leader Indicted in Texas

I don't know where you come down on the whole Tom Delay criminal investigation but all I can say is that if you are a Republican politician, being charged with criminal violations of Texas law with regards to campaign finance, there is no better friend in the world to have right now than Travis County District Attorney, Ronnie Earle.

Delay very well may have done the crime he is being accused of (although it appears extremely difficult to prove under Texas law) but Ronnie Earle's long history of unfounded accusations against people he considers political enemies can do nothing to help his case. In fact, Earle has been so openly partisan in his attacks that it is a wonder he has not been sued out of a job. Just a few months ago he was publicly talking about this case in his speech during a fund raiser for Texas Democrats. As far as I know that is one of the big no no's for any DA.

As I have said, I have no idea if Delay is guilty of the crime he is being charged with, but I am glad he stepped down as House Majority Leader without trying to put up too much of a fight. If he is found guilty, I hope that he surrenders his seat as easily. That being said, if he isn't convicted, I hope he goes after Ronnie Earle with everything he's got. If Earle's track record doesn't shine as an example of abuse of power I don't know what does. Just follow some of the links in this Michelle Malkin post to get a clearer glimpse of the man the people of Travis County have to represent their legal interests.

Jeff, over at Protein Wisdom, has more while the American Spectator has a little more detail into exactly what it is Delay is being charged with, here.

Update:
The Captain puts in his 2 cents over at Captain's Quarters.

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