Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Blunt Picked to Replace DeLay as U.S. House Majority Leader Top Worldwide: "U.S. Representative Roy Blunt of Missouri was selected by Republican lawmakers to become majority leader, replacing Tom DeLay, who temporarily stepped aside after he was indicted today.

Blunt, 55, the majority whip, was elected to the new post by a vote of the 231-member Republican caucus at a meeting this afternoon in Washington.

DeLay, 58, said today that he will temporarily step aside from the No. 2 Republican post after he was indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of criminal conspiracy in connection with illegal corporate political donations. DeLay called the indictment a ``sham'' and said he has done nothing wrong."


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