Urbin Report

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Why the democrats have gone quiet on Tom Delay...

It used to be the daily "Death Watch" soundbite on Doonesbury and Err America.
Lately, it's been pretty quiet. Could it be that the "hounding of Tom DeLay continues to backfire on House Democrats..."
Captain Ed thinks so.
He quotes this AP story that reviews a flurry of belated trip disclosures.

While most of the previously undisclosed trips occurred in 2004, some date back to the late 1990s. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer recently disclosed 12 trips, the oldest dating back to 1997. ... Hoyer's undisclosed trips were nearly doubled by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., with 21. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., reported 20 past trips and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. reported 13. ... Staff members for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., disclosed 11 prior trips, while staff members for DeLay, R-Texas, had 4. Rep. John Linder of Georgia, a former chairman of the House Republican campaign organization, belatedly filed 9 trips, as did Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

I called this a month ago.
The smoking gun there was a junket by Ohio democrat Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a member of the Ethics Committee.