Sunday, August 06, 2006

Henry Bonilla's Defense of Tom-Delay

The Congressman Julian site has a great post covering the close relationship between Henry Bonilla and DeLay. Bonilla has been one of the staunchest defenders of DeLay since the DeLay-Abramoff scandal started unfolding in 2004. Here's more from that site:

CD-23 in Texas should be a slam-dunk for Julian Castro in November. The key to victory is really simple–Bonilla was one of Tom Delay’s best buddies. Need more evidence? Check out this statement made by Henry, posted at AEI:

Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-Texas): “I am so happy to introduce one of the greatest leaders that this nation has ever seen, the most–one of the most honorable Americans that I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing and serving with, a good man, a compassionate man, a person who truly cares about his colleagues, his family, and the future of this country. I give you our wonderful Majority Leader, Tom DeLay.

The post also talks about how Bonilla helped change the House rules to allow DeLay to stay on longer, even if he was indicted later on:

Go back to 2004, when the DeLay-Abramoff scandal was just unfolding. In an unbelievable move, the Republicans changed the rules to allow DeLay to hold on to power longer, even if he was indicted:

House Republicans showed their appreciation of the majority leader by approving a rule change that could enable DeLay to retain his leadership post if he is indicted by a Texas grand jury on state political corruption charges.

And good ol’ Henry Bonilla was there to defend his buddy DeLay yet again:

Rep. Henry Bonilla, R-Texas, said that under the change embraced Wednesday, the House Republican Steering Committee would have 30 legislative days to review a felony indictment and recommend to all House Republicans whether a lawmaker who is charged could remain as a committee chairman or leader…

Bonilla said there was no vote count taken in the closed meeting but said the proposal passed overwhelmingly.

“This takes the power away from any partisan crackpot district attorney who may want to indict” party leaders and make a name for himself, Bonilla said.

"Partisan crackpot district attorney?" Sounds like code for basically taking away and legal accountability or punishment for corrupt congressman.

In any case, with this strong a tie to DeLay, Bonilla's in a lot of trouble, and is going to have a rou go of it given that the district actually got back some Latino voters, who Bonilla doesn't seem to connect with.

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