Tuesday, April 04, 2006

MEDIA WAR! DeLay is GOT by TIME and the hardball guy, sez DRUDGE



MSNBC Matthews Declares Himself Winner Of DeLay Scoop-stakes --DRUDGE REPORT, Tue Apr 04 2006

Late yesterday evening, TIME magazine's White House correspondent Mike Allen broke the story online that former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) was resigning his House seat after the congressman provided the reporter with an exclusive interview in Sugar Land, Texas.

However, in an effort to break the news first, MSNBC's Chris Matthews broke into his cable network's SCARBOROUGH COUNTRY via phone shortly after 10 PM eastern time to announce the "breaking news" that DeLay would step down from his House seat.

Matthews excitedly declared: "I just was on the phone… with U.S. Congressman Tom DeLay of Texas, who is fighting for reelection. And he told me tonight, just a moment ago, that he's going to withdraw from the race tomorrow. He's not going to seek reelection."

This morning, TIME's Mike Allen was interviewed by CNN's Miles O'Brien to discuss his exclusive with DeLay. CNN's O'Brien opened the interview by saying: "Mike Allen, the White House correspondent for TIME magazine broke the story. Glad to have you with us."

Meanwhile, on NBC's "TODAY SHOW," host Katie Couric introduced Matthews during the show's DeLay package by describing the flamboyant cable host as the person "who broke the story." The interview closed with Couric saying "Congratulations on breaking the story." Matthews replied "Thank you very much."



1 comment:

Abbe Buck[PR] said...

No, doesn't mean JACK! --Tom DeLay

Nothing to See Here
The Weekly Standard via Yahoo! News Tue, 04 Apr 2006 8:52 AM PDT
TOM DELAY wants you to know that his decision to stand down for reelection and resign from Congress by summer has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the investigation into the business practices of Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who pleaded guilty to corruption, bribery, and wire fraud charges (among others) in January and who was sentenced to almost six years in prison (for starters) last

Abramoff Offered to Aid Sudan, Envoy Says
Los Angeles Times Tue, 04 Apr 2006 0:38 AM PDT
The former lobbyist sought millions to help the sanctioned nation clean up its image, the country's ambassador and an ex-associate say.

Retiring? Fellow House members say he'd rather give up his seat willingly than lose it in an election
The Salt Lake Tribune Tue, 04 Apr 2006 0:59 AM PDT
WASHINGTON - Rep. Tom DeLay, the relentless Texan who helped lead House Republicans to power but became ensnared in a corruption scandal, has decided to leave Congress, House officials said Monday night. DeLay, who abandoned his efforts to hold onto his position as majority leader earlier this year after the indictment of the lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a former ally, was seeking re-election as

Rush to return Rudy cash
The Hill Mon, 03 Apr 2006 4:33 PM PDT
Thirteen House Republicans already have returned or plan to return contributions they took from lobbyist Tony Rudy, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy last week and joins former cohort Jack Abramoff as a possible witness in the government’s expanding corruption probe of lawmakers and their aides.

DeLays decision...Good news for the job market...Getting around in Denver
KBCI Boise Tue, 04 Apr 2006 6:13 AM PDT
WASHINGTON Congressman Tom DeLay is expected to formally announce today that he's leaving office. He's under indictment in Texas for alleged illegal use of campaign funds. He's also been tainted by ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Voters ignore Abramoff issue
Pacific Daily News Tue, 04 Apr 2006 10:03 AM PDT
The involvement of an off-island lobbyist in Guam's elections carries little weight with them and will not affect their decisions at the polls, several residents yesterday told the Pacific Daily News.

Stained by links to Abramoff, DeLay won't seek re-election
Contra Costa Times Tue, 04 Apr 2006 3:48 AM PDT
Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, a primary architect of the Republican majority, who became one of the most powerful and feared leaders in Washington, told House allies Monday night he will give up his seat rather than face a re-election fight that appears increasingly unwinnable.