Tom Delay And Ronny Earle

60 Minutes did a piece on this last night.

Delay: The facts are, I have not been indicted in Austin, Texas, and the facts are, the indictments that have been brought by this partisan D.A. in Austin, Texas, against three of my associates, are frivolous," said DeLay.

Earle: This is not about Democrats and Republicans," says Earle. "This is about cops and robbers. This is about the abuse of power.

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Many republicans have called it a witch hunt. That Earle is a political hack. If we look at his record on going after politicians, that charge doesn't hold true.

There have been somewhere around 15 cases involving elected officials, that my office has prosecuted," says Earle. "Of the 15, 12 were Democrats; three were Republican.

When Leslie Stahl showed Republican Rep. John Carter proof that money was not being used for administrative purposes; Carter pauses, looks puzzled, grabs the document, reads them and them starts spinning.

"Active candidate evaluation and recruitment. Message development. Market research and issue development," says Stahl. "I mean, how is that administrative?"

"Active candidate evaluation and recruitment, that’s a party of administrative procedure," says Carter. "That’s a party function."

"I thought administration was the running of the office. The Xerox machine. Paying bills," says Stahl.

I thought so to. Candidate evaluation recruitment. Message development and communication do not seem like telephone bills to me.


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