Archive for Saturday, October 1, 2005

Kansans criticized for DeLay ties

October 1, 2005


— National and state Democrats on Friday criticized Kansas Republican House members Jim Ryun, whose district includes the western portion of Lawrence, and Todd Tiahrt, of Goddard, for their close ties to indicted U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay.

DeLay, a Republican from Sugar Land, Texas, was forced to step down as House majority leader this week after he was indicted on a charge of conspiracy involving political action committee contributions. DeLay has denied any wrongdoing, calling the investigation a partisan attack.

But on Friday, Democrats were blasting allies of DeLay.

"We call on Congressmen Ryun and Tiahrt to prove to Kansans that they aren't as ethically challenged as their leader and return campaign funds from DeLay's PAC," said Kansas Democratic Party Executive Director Mike Gaughan.

DeLay's political action committee has given Ryun more than $30,000 and Tiahrt more than $10,000, according to campaign finance reports.

Ryun's office said it would not return the contributions and declined to respond to the Democrats' verbal attacks. Ryun has previously said the indictment against DeLay was politically motivated.

The Democratic National Committee accused Tiahrt of "facilitating the culture of corruption."

In January, Tiahrt was one of only 20 members of the House who voted against forcing members of leadership to relinquish their positions if they were indicted. The vote was made while DeLay's political action committee was under investigation.

Chuck Knapp, a spokesman for Tiahrt, said Tiahrt "voted against that change because, and it turned out to be right, he believes that someone could then politically indict someone and cause them to lose their leadership position, which is exactly what happened with Ronnie Earle, who has a history of such politically motivated indictments."

Earle, a Democrat, is the district attorney in Texas who has led the ethics investigation. He has denied politics had anything to do with the probe and has pointed out that he has investigated Republicans and Democrats during his career.


johnadavies 12 years, 8 months ago

Maybe he was one of those DeLay was refering to when he said "everybody does it." I wouldn't let my children get away with that excuse why let people we put into office?

james bush 12 years, 8 months ago

If anybody thinks there aren't dems out there doing the same stuff, you better wise up. This is just more of tripe the dems are using to try to make republicans seem as corrupt as they are.

Richard Heckler 12 years, 8 months ago

Too many PAC's are just another means of circumventing political donation restrictions. Ryan and Brownback participate in this activity. Both sides of the aisle are now doing this however neocon republicans set the standard for abuse. Public financing is one way to clean up this mess.

Frankly there are no rules or restrictions as it is now. Lawmakers create loopholes to any type of legislation as they are appearing to fix matters. Of course loopholes never enter the ring of public discussion by deomcrats or republicans. When will the crap cease?

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