Monday, October 24, 2005

Perry: DeLay should keep House post

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News: "Gov. Rick Perry defended U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on Monday, saying his recent indictments on conspiracy and money laundering charges stem from work by an 'overzealous prosecutor.'

'I'm for Tom DeLay. I don't get confused about what's going on here,' Perry, a fellow Republican, said after speaking about economic development at a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce lunch. 'The fact of the matter is – I happen to think that this is an overzealous prosecutor who is working very hard to take a Texan off of the national stage who's been doing some great and good things for the state of Texas.'

DeLay and other Republicans have accused Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle of partisanship, allegations the Democratic prosecutor has denied.

When Perry said he believed DeLay should remain the House majority leader, the crowd of about 450 people erupted in applause. The felony charges forced DeLay to give up his House leadership post, but he wants his job back."


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