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February 8, 2016

DeLay Was Praying When News of Overturned Conviction Came

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s almost too good to be true that former Majority Leader Tom DeLay was a stone’s throw from Capitol Hill when he heard the news of his acquittal on Thursday morning.

The Texas Republican, who for the past decade has been battling charges of money laundering and faced a prison sentence, happened to be in town for a meeting with some “prayer warriors,” as he called them, to possibly collaborate on forming a new coalition to bring faith back into politics.

They were at, of all places, the infamous C Street House when the lawyer called to say a Texas appeals court had thrown out his money-laundering conviction, ruling 2-1 that the evidence was “legally insufficient.”

“We were basically on our knees in prayer when my lawyer called and said, ‘You’re a free man,'” DeLay told a gaggle of reporters Thursday shortly before noon. He was on the first floor on the House side of the Capitol to attend the Texas GOP delegation’s weekly luncheon — another coincidence.

Nicknamed “The Hammer” during his days as the Republican whip, DeLay was poised and even-tempered on Thursday. He attributed much of that calm to God.

“People always say, ‘a burden has been lifted from my shoulders.’ In my case, I never had that burden. The Lord carried that burden for me,” DeLay said. “It drove my detractors crazy because I had the Lord Jesus and they didn’t understand it.”

He said he spent more than $12 million in legal fees throughout the ordeal.

DeLay said on Thursday that despite his exoneration he had no plans to seek political office again, adding that anybody who’s been paying attention over the years knows that he hasn’t really gone too far or disappeared from the spotlight.

Since his 2005 indictment and 2006 resignation from Congress, DeLay’s activities have included a book deal and a stint on “Dancing With the Stars.”
But would he stick around after lunch to help whip the afternoon votes like the good old days?
“They haven’t asked me, but I’ll do it!” he said with a laugh.
  • hippie1367

    Praying that the bribe had made it to the judges

  • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

    Praying on his knees before the leaders of Kochistan.

    “The fix is in! Please…Please…I beg you! Gimme my money back!!!!!”

    • powertee

      Is Kochistan anywhere near Sorosia?

  • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

    DeLay on his knees, bones in hand: “C’mon, Lord, Tommy needs a new pair of shoes…”

  • alb822

    Praying that he can continue suckering people & more than he ever did before.

  • Rudesal

    I really think Jesus has more things to worry about than Tom DeLay.

    • powertee

      Sure He does, but if He is omnipresent and omnipotent and all-loving, don’t you think He would listen?

      • Rudesal

        I don’t think He would intervene in a court decision. And what I hope He would be listening to would be a prayer for forgiveness. Having followed this case for several years now, I find it hard to believe the appeals court found him not guilty. But I will leave the issues of punishment and forgiveness up to God.

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