No more DeLay? MSNBC just reported that House Marjority Leader Tom DeLay has been indicted in Texas.
According to rules of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives, DeLay will have to resign his post as Majority Leader.
Update: Earlier this afternoon word went out that closeted gay Republican congressman David Drier of California will become speaker when DeLay steps down. We wondered about that because Majority Whip Roy Blunt would seem to be next in line, not Drier, who is chair of the Rules Committee, which is a powerful seat.
Hard to know why Drier was picked over Blunt but maybe it had something do with the fact that Blunt “was romantically involved with a lobbyist for a Fortune 500 company (this itself is a conflict, and a violation of House ethics rules) and then attempted to please her and her employers by grafting legislation favorable to the company onto the Homeland Security Bill. ”
But now Drier is out and Blunt is in as “acting” Majority Leader while DeLay is otherwise occupied.