Alex Burgard: Tom DeLay is no political martyr
In the interest of “fair and balanced” coverage, I’d like to question some of the assumptions about the conviction of Tom DeLay by William Hamilton (Sky-Hi News, Jan. 19).
Anyone unsure about the guilt of DeLay should watch the movie “Casio Jack and the United States of Money”. This documentary by Alex Gibney, who also made “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” is an exhaustive study of Jack Abramoff and Tom Delay.
Compared to the federal crimes still under investigation, Delay’s conspiracy and money laundering convictions in Texas are only the tip of the iceberg. It is important to remember that these Texas convictions occurred because DeLay was found guilty by a jury of his peers in November.
The Texas judge allowed DeLay to accept 10 years probation instead of serving 5 years in jail for his money laundering conviction and sentenced him to 3 years for conspiracy. It is worth noting that DeLay is out on bail pending appeal and making another fortune with his Washington consulting business. It is hard to accept Hamilton’s version of Tom DeLay as political martyr brought down by a vindictive court led by “highly partisan” District Attorneys.
Although Hamilton is entitled to his paranoid view of America’s judicial system, his comparing it to Nazi Germany is an unconscionable insult to those who fought against and were murdered by Hitler’s madness.
It is comforting to know that very few people will read Hamilton and that most people’s impression of Tom Delay will come from two movies, the documentary mentioned above and the new overly dramatized motion picture “Casino Jack.”
And let’s not forget DeLay’s memorable Wild Thing performance on Dancing with the Stars. His rightful legacy will be one of a very wealthy criminal and buffoon.
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