March 08, 2006

We Will Choose Our Congressman

Looks like all the folks who said support was weak for Tom DeLay didn't know what they were talking about. He won 62% of the vote in a four-way race for the GOP nomination, handily defeating his opponents.

Still facing legal battles, U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay won a pivotal political fight Tuesday by defeating three challengers in the Republican primary for his Houston-area seat.

Opponent Tom Campbell, former general counsel for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, fell short of forcing the former House majority leader into a runoff.

DeLay won 62 percent of the vote in the 22nd Congressional District, which covers parts of Harris, Brazoria, Fort Bend and Galveston counties, according to the totals from 97 percent of precincts.

"I have always placed my faith in the voters, and today's vote shows they have placed their full faith in me," DeLay said in a written victory statement. "This race was about who can effectively represent the values and the priorities of the people in this district, and I'm proud to have earned, and overwhelmingly kept, that trust among Republican voters."

"Not only did they reject the politics of personal destruction, but they strongly rejected the candidates who used those Democrat tactics as their platform," he added.

In second place with 30 percent of the vote was Tom Campbell, former general counsel for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Lawyer Mike Fjetland and former teacher and oil industry credit manager Pat Baig each took less than 5 percent.

"I'm kind of shocked," Fjetland said at the Fort Bend County Republican Party's Primary Night soiree at the Ragin Cajun restaurant in Sugar Land. "I'm very concerned about the future of the Republican Party."

Yes, Tom DeLay ran behind his traditional 82-86% of the primary vote -- but he has never had three opponents before.

One political scientist has this to say.

DeLay's totals show that "nearly 40 percent of an ideologically committed (Republican) vote has decided to bail on him," said Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson. "He still has a hell of a fight in the general election."

I'm going to disagree with this assessment.

Delay has always had about 15% of the district Republicans opposing him. That is how a non-entity like Fjetland did as well as he did in his earlier races against DeLay. We also had a heavy cross-over vote this time around -- I recognized about 10% of those at my precinct as partisan Democrats. After all, when you ask someone if they are coming to vote in the Republican primary and get a response like "Never before, never again, but this time yes," you can be pretty sure that they are not a part of the GOP base.

But I do think there is 20% of the GOP base that opposed Tom DeLay because of his legal troubles, wanting a solid GOP candidate like Campbell to ensure that the seat will be held by a Republican in the event that DeLay's legal troubles continue or get worse. Most of this last group will support Tom DeLay in November.

And the remaining 62%? We don't want outsiders picking our Congressman for us. We don't care if it is Ronnie Earle, the Democrat National Committee, or these guys.

Coming to churches, bowling alleys and living rooms near you: The Big Buy: How Tom DeLay Stole Congress.

As former House Majority Leader DeLay readied himself Tuesday to accept his party's nomination for another congressional term in Washington, D.C., two Texas filmmakers announced plans to release a scathing documentary in DeLay's Sugar Land district, criticizing the popular politician. Tentative plans also call for a screening in Houston, they said.

Numerous liberal groups stepped up to sponsor the film's expected release in early May, including Houston's Pacifica radio station, KPFT-FM (90.1). The film will rely heavily upon releases in small venues and at a few select theaters.

Filmmakers Mark Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck spent three years following the path of Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle's criminal investigation, which resulted in indictments against DeLay and two political associates.

And I hope every penny spent to produce and show this film is counted as a contribution to Nick Lampson and the Democrats -- making most of the expenditures illegal under federal and state campaign laws.

And, of course, i think this is exhibit #1 in Delay's case for dismissal of the charges against him AND the disbarrment proceedings against Ronnie Earle.

Let me say this -- We, the Constituents of Texas Congressional District 22, will pick our Congressman.

The rest of you can go to hell.

UPDATE: Tom DeLay has this to say, emphasizing the point I made above.

"I'm honored . . . to defend this district from the funding and activism of America's most radical Democrats," he said. "Liberal activists like Barbra Streisand, George Soros and Nancy Pelosi all have a dog in this fight, and his name is Nick Lampson."

Especially if you think back to how the Democrats aced out a popular local minority politician who actually lives in the 22nd District.

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Comments on We Will Choose Our Congressman

Someone linked to this page from my site about DeLay. I appreciate reading your point-of-view.

|| Posted by Steve, March 8, 2006 12:37 PM ||

thanks for reminding me what a sewer fort bend county is.

|| Posted by hung_lo, March 8, 2006 03:42 PM ||

Really impresive, Delay could only get 20,000 Republicans to bother to vote for him. I realize primarys pull less voters than the general election but this is still a far cry from the 150,000 that supported him in 2004 or the 100,000 in 2002. We'll see how he does in November against some real competition.

|| Posted by Patrick, March 8, 2006 04:52 PM ||

Democrats have a dog in this fight. So should Independents and truly conservative Republicans. It is the person who will run against the chief architect of the Abramoff scandal.

True conservatives may not like voting for a "liberal" like Nick Lamson. There have been times when I have also had to vote against my usual ideological instincts, and congressional terms are only two years.

It is better than voting for a fascist -- and make no mistake, Delay is not a conservative and he does not believe in any of the important American democratic values. Some of you may have had parents or grandparents who fought in WW2 against his kind.

|| Posted by Stuart, March 8, 2006 10:40 PM ||

According to the chronicle, while his supporters were working their asses off for him he was being wined and dined by 2 lobbyists in Washington DC!

And their party for DeLay attracted nearly a dozen supporters. A DOZEN.

Yep for someone who got 38% of Republicans voting AGAINST him, he is doing just real good.

Next week, he will begin pissing on the remaining loyalists. Maybe that will make them stop voting for him.

|| Posted by John Cobarruvias, March 8, 2006 11:00 PM ||

God, you people up in Sugarland sure are all kinds of stupid! I'm from San Antonio where when someone proves that they are a scummy, sewer rat that is not only WILLING, but actually PROMOTES selling his soul while he sells out the people and the very idea of democracy, we actually think about not voting for him. You guys are an embarrassment to the state of Texas. So go ahead and re-elect that rattlesnake. Remember, the snake you raise at your breast, is the snake that will eventually strike you. Ah, why even bother with you morons?

|| Posted by Manuel Martinez, March 8, 2006 11:46 PM ||

Patrick -- given the low turnouit for the election as a whole STATEWIDE, your numbers mean very little.

Stuart -- at least I can spell "Lampson". Who is engaged in blind loyalty to party -- those of us who know who we vote for, or those who cannot even spell the name of the candidate they support? I won't even get into the fascist comment. Pretty pathetic. By the way, I hope you enjoy voting for the carpetbagger who was brought in because the Democrats didn't want an Asian candidate.

And John, put down the glass and step away from the Kool-Aid before you start believing your own talking points. But I will admit that I'm pleased that you didn't come here spewing profanit this time.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, March 8, 2006 11:52 PM ||

At least one positive of the support, be it as it may, that Tom DeLay still has; those supporters will no longer be able to criticize any other politician for being corrupt!

DeLay's hypocrisy is truly amazing. He accuses others of being partisan, of using the "politics of personal destruction"...what a bunch of crap. Tom DeLay is the king of partisan politics particularly those of personal destruction.

|| Posted by Kinky for Gov, March 9, 2006 06:18 AM ||

Hey Manuel from San Antonio!

Wait a minute. Not all of us are morons. 37% of the Republicans that voted this week are not morons.

And 45% of those who voted for Richard Morrison in the last general election are not morons.

There are a bunch of us, and many Republicans who have had enough of Tom. Read "What a rotten bastard" at to see what he did to his district a few years ago.

Have faith. DeLay has a great opponent who represented the Clear lake area and NASA for 8 years. He is a moderate, sometimes too moderate for me. Unlike DeLays staff, Lampsons staff was very accessible and easy to work with.

|| Posted by John Cobarruvias, March 9, 2006 07:14 AM ||
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