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Indicted DeLay claims 22 Democrats have 'ethics problems' but dismisses his own

Published: Sunday May 7, 2006

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In an interview Sunday morning, Congressman Tom DeLay (R-TX), who has been indicted on money-laundering charges which forced him to resign as House Majority Leader, dismissed his own 'ethics problems' but blasted Democrats as 'hypocrites' for ignoring their own, RAW STORY has found.

"Do you know there's 22 Democrats that have ethics problems right now?" DeLay asked of ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

DeLay claimed that 'every leader' in the Democratic Party had 'ethics problems,' including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer.

Excerpts from the interview with DeLay on Sunday's This Week with George Stephanopoulos:


MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, has also said that the ethics problems have certainly played a role here. And of course, you know all about that. You were investigated by the Ethics Committee --

REP. DELAY: Many times.


REP. DELAY: On frivolous charges.

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Right. In your view, Democrats say otherwise.

REP. DELAY: They were all dismissed as frivolous, by Democrats.

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: But how much responsibility do you and the leadership bear for what Howard Dean calls "the culture of corruption" and how do you turn it around?

REP. DELAY: Well, Howard Dean is creating a culture of hypocrisy. Do you know there's 22 Democrats that have ethics problems right now? Every leader, Nancy Pelosi was found guilty of having two leadership PACs, Steny Hoyer failed to disclose over 10 trips that he has taken. The chairman of the caucus took a trip paid by a lobbyist. Rahm Emmanuel has many ethics problems that he encountered back in Chicago and I could go on and on. The only people that have been found guilty is Duke Cunningham, yes, a Republican. But Frank Balance in North Carolina has been found guilty. Nancy Pelosi was found guilty. Jim McDermott from Washington has been found guilty. William Jefferson from Louisiana is about to be found guilty, just had a guy plead guilty that he received $400,000 in bribes.

I think this is really unfortunate that the Democrats are trying to play the politics of personal destruction while they are hypocrites and don't attack their own members.

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, Congressman Delay, thank you very much.