CNN reports that Tom "Those Darn Minorities Took All the Good Vietnam Combat Jobs, So I Can't Go" DeLay has been indicted...
You got that?
On one count of criminal conspiracy by a Texas Grand Jury...bitch...
You will be telling your grandchildren where you were on this day...
Updates as information becomes available.
Update 1.0: The Washington Post has a story up now off the AP wire to wit:
WASHINGTON -- A Texas grand jury on Wednesday charged Rep. Tom DeLay and two political associates with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme, an indictment that could force him to step down as House majority leader.
DeLay attorney Steve Brittain said DeLay was accused of a criminal conspiracy along with two associates, John Colyandro, former executive director of a Texas political action committee formed by DeLay, and Jim Ellis, who heads DeLay's national political committee.
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, looks on during a news conference regarding Hurricane Katrina on Capitol Hill in this Sept. 2, 2005 file photo. A Texas grand jury's recent interest in conspiracy charges could lead to last-minute criminal indictments, possibly against DeLay, as it wraps up its investigation Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, into DeLay's state political organization, according to lawyers with knowledge of the case.
The indictment against the second-ranking, and most assertive Republican leader came on the final day of the grand jury's term. It followed earlier indictments of a state political action committee founded by DeLay and three of his political associates.
The grand jury action is expected to have immediate consequences in the House, where DeLay is largely responsible for winning passage of the Republican legislative program. House Republican Party rules require leaders who are indicted to temporarily step aside from their leadership posts....
Update 2.0: CNN is reporting that Tom Delay has announced that he will step down as Republican Majority Leader "temporarily" as David Drier steps up to replace him.
Update 2.1: It would appear that House Majority Whip Roy Blunt is going to space David Drier out the airlock and seizes power himself. This is important. Drier was largely seen as a place holder, a warm body to occupy the seat until DeLay got back. Blunt on the other hand is the logical choice for the next HML, and if DeLay ever gets back, too bad, it's now Blunt's ball... the implication is that in choosing Blunt, it is not expected that DeLay will get back, and could even possibly be pushed into resigning or being forced out on rules regarding felons in Congress.
Woot! once more