Wednesday, April 05, 2006

DeLay's sudden departure DeLay surprise throws GOP into disarray

U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay was a master of political maneuvering in Congress, but the timing of his surprising and sudden decision to resign left Houston-area Republicans in political disarray Tuesday.

The GOP was scrambling to find a candidate to replace DeLay on the November general election ballot and worrying about when to hold a special election to finish his current term.

DeLay, R-Sugar Land, caught most politicians off guard with his announcement that he will not seek re-election and will make himself ineligible to run or serve by moving to Virginia.

Well, all I can say about this for sure is that his resignation will probably help the chances of a republican getting elected out of Sugar Land.

The Democrat's nominee, Nick Lampson, represented my area before Texas' controversial redistricting plan (a map can be viewed here) was passed in 2003, so he's not exactly some guy who's never held office before.

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

(Cross-posted at

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