DeLay to Make Way for Write-In Candidate
By SUZANNE GAMBOA
The Associated Press
Tuesday, August 8, 2006; 2:25 PM
WASHINGTON — Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay intends to withdraw as a candidate for Congress, a Republican strategist said Tuesday, a step that would allow the party to field a write-in candidate in hopes of holding his seat.
The development came one day after Texas Republicans lost a court battle in their bid to replace DeLay on the November ballot.
There will be no Republican candidate to face Democrat Nick Lampson, a former House member.
Texas Republicans on Monday abandoned their court fight to replace DeLay on the November ballot after being turned back at the Supreme Court.
The decision came after Justice Antonin Scalia rejected Texas Republicans’ request to block an appeals court ruling saying DeLay’s name should remain on the ballot.
While this will result in a victory for the Dems., it will also be a loss for Delay’s former constituents who will be left without a viable Republican candidate. In a state where straight party ticket voting is the norm the odds of a write in candidate ever winning are extremely small. And while I believe that America would be better off without Delay in office I also believe that democracy would have been better served had the twenty second district been allowed a real choice of candidates.