ANGIE PACCIONE FOR CONGRESS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2006
CONTACT: James Thompson (970) 308-0986
TOM DELAY’S DEPARTURE MARKS “THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE WASHINGTON, D.C. CULTURE OF CORRUPTION”
Paccione calls on Musgrave to “return her tainted money.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—State Rep. Angie Paccione, candidate for Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District, hailed the departure of Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay from Congress as “the beginning of the end for the Washington, D.C. culture of corruption.” She predicted voters in November would make sure that Rep. Marilyn Musgrave departs as well, given her deep ties to DeLay.
Last year, while accepting $30,000 from DeLay's ARMPAC, Musgrave voted to weaken House ethics rules to protect Tom DeLay's position of power (H.R. 5, 2005). In addition, Musgrave has sided with DeLay 93 percent of the time with her votes in Congress.
“Marilyn Musgrave should return her tainted money,” Paccione said, “She’s sending a message to her constituents that she continues to side with the corruption that has run rampant in Washington.”
In June 2005 Musgrave, who is cited as one of “The 13 Most Corrupt Members of Congress” by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), said, “I support Tom DeLay because of his success and stewardship in creating change, which, as a result, have made him a prime target for several slanderous claims.”
Paccione said, “Marilyn Musgrave’s unequivocal support of DeLay is hardly surprising, given that she’s one of the most corrupt members of Congress. But if she calls Tom DeLay’s term as Majority Leader a ‘success,’ I’d hate to see a failure. Don’t take Marilyn’s word for it; we can let the courts decide whether it’s slander or the godawful truth that DeLay is a crook.”
DeLay is stepping down from Congress after his felony indictment in Texas for money laundering. He also is facing a federal investigation of his involvement with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, after two of DeLay's former aides pleaded guilty to bribery charges. DeLay says that Abramoff—whose link to the murder of a casino founder in Florida is currently under investigation—is "one of my closest and dearest friends."
After a defiant rant on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, the disgraced DeLay left Congress, but not before having sold it off to the highest bidder.
DeLay said in his speech that he wouldn’t have changed anything about his tenure, and he saluted the vicious partisanship destroying the American people's faith in their government. DeLay claimed, “For all its faults, it is partisanship—based on core principles—that clarifies our debates, that prevents one party from straying too far from the mainstream, and that constantly refreshes our politics with new ideas and new leaders.”
“What ‘core principles’ justify such corruption?” exclaimed Rep. Paccione. “This shows how out of touch Tom DeLay and Marilyn Musgrave have become in Washington. Blinded by greed and corruption, they just don't get why the American people are fed up with their misplaced priorities and their underhanded tricks.”
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