DeLay Draws Third Rebuke By Charles Babington The House ethics committee last night admonished Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) for asking federal
October 6, 2004

DeLay Draws Third Rebuke

By Charles Babington

The House ethics committee last night admonished Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) for asking federal aviation officials to track an airplane involved in a Texas political spat, and for conduct that suggested political donations might influence legislative action.

The two-pronged rebuke marked the second time in six days -- and the third time overall -- that the ethics panel has admonished the House's second-ranking Republican. The back-to-back chastisements are highly unusual for any lawmaker, let alone one who aspires to be speaker, and some watchdog groups called on him to resign his leadership post.

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