Friday, May 27, 2005

DeLay Not Ready for Prime Time

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) is no fan of "Law and Order." The show -- or the "Criminal Intent" version, anyway -- mentions Rep DeLay in an episode about the murder of two judges. As police look for suspects, one character suggests putting out an APB on "somebody in a Tom DeLay T-shirt."

In the wake of court rulings on the Terri Schiavo case, Rep DeLay said:

"The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior."
Rep DeLay has since apologized for the remark. Critics claimed the statement bordered on vigilantism -- didn't sound like a "Law & Order" kind of attitude.

Rep DeLay's been having a bad run of luck lately: ethics investigations, a grand jury probe, and the treasurer of one of his Political Action Committees lost a $600,000 court case.

The timing led Dick Wolf, producer of "Law & Order" to say:

"I ... congratulate Congressman DeLay for switching the spotlight from his
own problems to an episode of a TV show."

Stay tuned for next week's exciting episode. (CNN)

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