A lot of time, energy, speculation and rumors surround the
proposed selection of a candidate to replace retiring
Congressman Tom DeLay. All of this time and energy is being
allocated but what if Tom decides he isn’t going to leave
his congressional seat and isn’t going to move to Virginia?
Now that is probably a long shot, but the rumor is growing.
And, outgoing Republican Chairman Eric
Thode emphasized last week that nothing can really be done
other than lay groundwork for the selection process because,
“There is neither a resignation nor a withdrawal from the
DeLay said he intends to become a
resident of Virginia, where he owns property, and would then
be ineligible to serve as a Texas congressman, opening up
the door for a candidate to be named to run in the Nov.
“Just announcing your intention to do
these things doesn’t necessarily mean that you will,” Thode
said. Does Eric know something we don’t know? I don’t think
so, but he has a valid point. There is always the chance,
slim though it may be, that Tom decides to finish out his
term and run against Lampson. Gads, would that send all the
political hopefuls into a tizzy and put all the Democrats,
who think Lampson is a shoo-in against the beleaguered DeLay,
into a jubilant spirit.
In the meantime, if Tom does carry
through with his announced resignation, the District 22
representatives have a challenging task. Thode wants the
public to have input (see related story) and the selection
process to be very public. “I would certainly encourage them
(District 22 Republican Chairpersons) to find the biggest
ballroom in Fort Bend County and invite the public and the
media to the meeting,” Thode said last week.
As far as everyone griping about the
selection process, Thode says “The truth is...the law is
what the Texas Election Code says it is.” And, he says a
special election would be a waste of taxpayer’s money.
Let’s just say it is going to be interesting and the talk
of the town for months to come provided come mid-June Tom
DeLay actually steps down and the movers actually leave
Sugar Land and head for Virginia.