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Tom DeLay (R-TX), Majority Whip in the House of Representatives, holds a pretty heavy hand in dealings with lobbists. He, with the encouragement of party leadership, has all but forced any lobbying firm that wants access to Congress to only hire Republicans to staff. Otherwise they lose his ear, and most any chance to have their opinion heard on pending bills (or to craft such bills wholecloth). Also, by doing that, he has also managed to shift business dollars to the Republican machine, thus helping to cement Republican control in Washington.

Could that be ending? The Washington Post is beginning to think so.


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Jul. 2nd, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)
I'll feel a hell of a lot better when DeLay isn't Majority Anything in the House. Or even better yet, not a House member at all. He's actually got a viable opponent this time (still a serious underdog, but not just a sacrificial lamb, either), so I've been contributing money to his opponent's campaign.
Jul. 4th, 2004 09:16 pm (UTC)
Good for you, and good for him.

Amazing how quickly conventional wisdom has been turned on its head. I think 6 months ago everyone thought Republicans would solidify their hold on Congress, well at least the House.
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