DeLay TV ads

BlogPac will begin internet ads against DeLay this year, and so will everyother anti-corruption vehicle for change in DC be running against DeLay. "Campaign for America's Future" unveiled a new television ad that urges Congress to "wash its hands" of Rep. Tom DeLay, highlighting the controversy surrounding the House Majority Leader who is increasingly seen as a liability to his party.  Check out the ad. It hits hard at DeLay for his corruption and his manipulation of the Schiavo family's crisis for his own gain.

The spot begins airing Thursday throughout Rep. DeLay's Texas district and on major news stations in Washington.  The initial $75,000 buy runs for a full week, begining airtime Thursday throughout Rep. Delay's Texas district and on major news stations in Washington. The initial $75,000 buy runs for a full week.

In addition, "The Public Campaign Action Fund" begins a $25,000 buy of television ads also calling on Rep. DeLay to resign this week in three districts represented by Republican members Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Conn., Republican National Committee Chair Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., and House Ethics Committee Chair Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.

Text of the ad follows in the extended entry:


"Washing Hands"
TV :30

Narrator: Tom DeLay. He'd like to wash his hands of corruption.

He'd like you to forget he's been accused of accepting a gift worth thousands from a foreign agent.

He'd like you to forget that two of his close associates have been indicted for money laundering.

Tom DeLay can't wash his hands of corruption by involving Congress in one family's personal tragedy.

[Onscreen:, paid for by the Campaign for America's Future.]

But Congress can certainly wash its hands of Tom DeLay.

The Public Campaign Action Fund ads are available for viewing at Text of one of the Public Campaign Action Fund's ad is as follows:


"Without DeLay"
TV :30

Female narrator: He has scoffed at the law.

Male narrator: Tom Delay. A pattern of abusing authority.

Female narrator: Repeatedly the House Ethics Committee has found Tom Delay guilty of serious rules violations.

Male narrator: Tom DeLay is a national embarrassment. He should resign his leadership position, if not his office.

Female narrator: It's time for Republicans to stand up and demand Delay's resignation

Male narrator: Congressman Simmons. Refuse the tens of thousands of dollars Tom DeLay's PAC just raised for you, and clean up Congress without DeLay.

Tags: Republicans (all tags)



Republican hypocrisy...
Ethics hypocrisy is just the tip, imo...

In thinking about the Schiavo episode, it really is remarkable how little Republicans trust our system of federalism and law. Across several examples in recent history, there's a common theme: the leadership doesn't like the outcome of the law, so it pushes to trample or circumvent it.  For example:

  1. Over the course of 15 years, the Florida legal system worked the Schiavo case. The dispute traveled all the way up and back through the court system. There have been no findings that any judge unreasonably interpreted state law, let alone any formal conclusion that anything egregious took place (as the pro-lifers somehow claim)...the "activist" Judge Greer is a frickin' Southern Baptist REPUBLICAN on top of everything else...yet the outcome is unacceptable to the Republicans; therefore, a major push gets underway to have the NATIONAL legislative branch interfere in this one case, while it's still going on...

  2. American citizen Jose Padilla is arrested on American soil as a suspected terrorist. The civilian court system begins to process him...But then, Ashcroft decides he doesn't like the idea that Padilla has rights, and worries about the direction of the case. The solution: swooping in to yank him out of the court system so he can be detained indefinitely in a military brig.

  3. Florida, in accordance with a specified STATE function in the US constitution, works the 2000 presidential recount through its law, so electors can be chosen. That presents too much risk for the Bush campaign, so the party that constantly complains about an over-active federal judiciary thrusts the matter into the FEDERAL courts.  

  4. In accordance with accepted legal practice, the INS obtains a lawful order and warrant to have Elian Gonzalez taken into custody. Later on, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals signs off on all major INS / Reno actions. The Supreme Court refuses to overturn that ruling, and EG goes back to Cuba. Outraged early on as this was playing out, Republicans try to pass a "private bill", similar to what they did with Schiavo -- looking to get around the law and have Congress declare EG an American citizen...Barney Frank spoke out against the private bill during the Elian mess, just as he did with least he's consistent...

There are probably more examples, but I'm too tired to think of them...Plus, I've got a good bit of TIVO catching up to do...


by HKingsley 2005-03-30 07:10AM | 0 recs
Down with Delay
I just donated and it made me feel good to be part of the campaign to get rid of Tom Delay.  If we succeed, America wins!

We have the power; all we have to do is use it!

Also, adressing the pro-lifers, they know they have made huge gains in our political arena and are very afraid of losing control -- evidenced by their vicious lies any time they are exposed.   These freaks are more concerned of losing ground than they are of losing Terri Schiavo, and the more they think they can't win the more absurdity in their lies!

We need to unplug them or at least the media that's joined their obsession!

by HWS 2005-03-30 07:31AM | 0 recs
This is what I'm talking about!
In a diary, I have been arguing for the importance of attacking NOW and not waiting for the election cycle.

THIS is an example of that!

Go, BlogPac!

Now if only the PARTY LEADERS were leading us in this sort of effort!

by Thresholder 2005-03-30 09:09AM | 0 recs
This is great!
Is there any reason the Democratic party can't jump on the bandwagon? Their silence about DeLay is deafening. What's up?
by Gary Boatwright 2005-03-30 09:19AM | 0 recs
Careful what you wish for
If Delay resigned, another Republican could run in his district, reducing Richard Morrison's chances of taking the seat.  If he hangs on, we get his head and his job while he drags the rest of the GOP house down with him.
by fwiffo 2005-03-30 10:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Careful what you wish for
Here it is--the "Only Elections Count" fallacy I've been writing about.

This is tactical thinking: how can we get that one House Seat.

It completely overlooks the OPPORTUNITY for selling the BROAD CONCEPT of GOP corruption around the nation NOW!

Which could galvanize unhappiness and leads to DOZENS of House pick ups.

The GOP is constantly positioning itself so that election season seems a natural extention of what people have been hearing all year: both for the GOP and against the DEMs.

Dems by contrast do nothing for 18 months and suddenly in the election season they want to cook up a message no one has heard before.

Mid-term elections don't START in late summer, '06. They are the FRUIT of everything that has been happening throughout the term.

This is especially true of this whole corruption thing. The scope and scale of GOP corruption is beyond belief. If net work news suddenly started covering it, no one would believe it. It's so big it sounds like a fairy tale.

Americans have to be PREPARED over time to believe stuff like this. They have to hear about it often enough to reach the point where it starts sounding realistic. It takes TIME to sell this sort of thing.

Bill Bradley has a piece in the Times about this that I will try to post about later. But this fundamental misconception about the TIMING of elections is absolutely killing our party.

Furthermore, Tom DeLay and his seat is not the goal here. It's only an opening to the enormous issue of GOP corruption. This is Step 1 of 1000 steps, not an end in itself.

We MUST start seeing the relevance of NOW!

by Thresholder 2005-03-30 10:47AM | 0 recs
Check thje language at the real life door, please
"Repeatedly the House Ethics Committee has found..."

Who among us doesn't think normal Americans would ever talk like that?

by Nash 2005-03-30 10:22AM | 0 recs
Historical parallels should exist
Seneca did a lot of good work
charting this kind of thing.

The greeks, right around the time
of their downfall generally began
to take a morbid interest in death.

Schiavo just totally brings this
out about us. We are totally tuned
in to watching this person die.

but the key thing is, what were
the lawmakers of athens doing?
There should probably be a delay character
around the time of the laocoon group.

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-03-30 10:33AM | 0 recs
Does the fact that Carville
advises the democratic party,
and then promotes the DLC - account
for a case of incest?

Carville seems to be keen on
bashing the democrats with
his wife. He is a great, fake
fair weather friend - isn't he.

but does it count as incest when
he and his wife are helping out
with Mary Cheney's big gay book
about the big gay democrats?

imho if you want the party to wash their
hands of being the gop whipping boy they'd
better wash their hands of the people
who advised them to the whipping post.

100% probability that mary cheney will
try to tell the world about how awful
the democrats are.

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-03-30 10:36AM | 0 recs
ps . that means she'll use a sharp needle
fear not that mary cheneys book will make
her look like a friend to all gays and
lesbians alike.  and it will be even,
and quiet and nice.. but she'll make
sure she attacks john kerry. an environmentalist.

there'll be that one poison pill.
this is called the 'needle'.

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-03-30 10:43AM | 0 recs


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