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The DeLay debate begins

Re “DeLay Indicted in Finance Probe,” Sept. 29

To prove he isn’t just a partisan zealot, Ronnie Earle, Travis County district attorney and prosecutor of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), states that 12 out of 15 politicians he has indicted have been Democrats. Hmm, makes one wonder which is the real party of scandal?

PAUL GREEN

Los Angeles

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After DeLay was indicted, he used the following phrases to describe the nature of this investigation and the prosecutor: a “vengeful investigation,” a “partisan fanatic” and “unabashed partisan zealot.” And his Republican apologists claimed that he was victim of “a political witch hunt.” Well, consider that these same Republicans spent much of the 1990s wasting federal tax dollars on Whitewatergate-Travelgate-Monicagate against President Clinton -- only to find minor violations or nothing at all. The “macho” Republicans sure can dish it but they can’t take it.

ALEXANDRO JOSE GRADILLA

Irvine

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It sure is nice to see “The Hammer” get nailed!

EVAN PUZISS

Mar Vista

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After numerous ethics violations, DeLay is finally indicted. His unethical behavior is disgraceful. Not only should he step down as majority leader, he should step down from Congress. We don’t need that kind of corruption in our government.

SARAH JANE VAUGHAN

Los Angeles

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Ah, what a great time to be a Republican. House Majority Leader DeLay’s been indicted for campaign finance conspiracy, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is under investigation for insider trading, White House advisor and chief Bush campaign manager Karl Rove is suspected in revealing the name of a CIA agent, Vice President Dick Cheney’s being investigated in the World Court (in his previous role as Halliburton’s CEO, for grossly overcharging African nations in the ‘90s) and, of course, President Bush has lied about every single justification for going to war with Iraq. They are the party of lies, greed and sticking it to the taxpayer. From Nixon and Watergate to Reagan and Iran-Contra, ‘twas ever thus. It’s true what they say, there are only two kinds of Republicans: Millionaires and fools.

RICHARD MARRACQ

Redwood City


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