Republican U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, one of the most powerful members of Congress, is now ready to call it quits in the face of mounting legal problems and a tough reelection campaign.
Twelve years after helping Republicans win control of the House of Representatives, the former majority leader, long called "The Hammer" for his hardball political tactics, intends on Tuesday to announce he is ending his bid for a 12th term and will leave Congress as early as next month, party aides said.
DeLay's decision highlights the problems faced by President George W. Bush's fellow Republicans in the scandal-rocked Congress.
"Tom DeLay's announcement is just the beginning of the reckoning of the Republican culture of corruption that has gripped Washington for too long," Democratic Party spokeswoman Karen Finney said.
"The fear of the party losing the seat was a driving force in his decision," another aide said.
I would be positively giddy right now, if it weren't for all the work and time it's gonna take to undo all the damage this jackass has done to our national reputation, character, and discourse. If there is any "justice" in the "justice system," the founder of the infamous K-Street Project will have some serious hard time to do to repay society.