Friday, June 09, 2006

Leaving Congress on Friday under indictment in Texas and under a cloud in Washington for his relationships with a lobbyist and two former senior aides who have pleaded guilty to felony corruption, Mr. DeLay, the combative former Republican majority leader, was not about to distance himself from himself.

"I did a good job," said Mr. DeLay, the linchpin of the House Republican majority for the last decade and the mastermind of a formidable political operation that melded legislating, fund-raising, conservatism and business advocacy as never before. "I helped build the largest political coalition in the last 50 years. The K Street project and the K Street strategy I am very proud of."
But: "A former chief of staff to then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) was described yesterday in a nonprofit groups' study as one of the top two recipients of privately financed travel among congressional staff from 2000 to 2005, including some trips paid indirectly by companies with business pending before Congress."

See also WaPo.