Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Status quo Sue...

Over the past few weeks, once it became clear that Tom DeLay would not return to his leadership role because of various criminal charges and investigations, members of Congress began lining up behind the three men vying to replace DeLay. But Sue sat on the sidelines, refusing to express public support. Until yesterday, when The Hill added her name to those who have lined up behind Republican Whip Roy Blunt.

Though Blunt is technically a different person than DeLay, he represents many of the things that were the most problematic (to say the least) about the indicted congressman from Texas. Indeed, most articles, including this one in the Washington Post, describe Blunt as a DeLay protege. Blunt's close ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is at the center of a massive Republican scandal, and to the Alexander Strategies Group, a lobbying firm formed by former DeLay staffers, are equally troubling. For a more detailed list of Blunt's "credentials", check out this research, courtesy of candidate John Hall.

The bottom line is that while Republicans like Kelly like to talk about reforming the way things work in DC, Sue's decision to support Blunt speaks loud and clear: when it comes to accepting big money from corporate lobbyists, Sue supports the status quo.

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