Ripple Effect

From Holden:

Looks like the indictment and arrest of Tom DeLay is starting to blowback on the Texas State Representatives who accepted his laundered money.

State Rep. Todd Baxter, an Austin Republican facing a tough re-election campaign, will resign his office Nov. 1.


“I am stepping aside because my family and my professional career come first,” Baxter said in a written statement. “My wife and I are expecting our second child this spring, and I am looking forward to spending more time with my family. As I prepared for yet another winning campaign, I realized the full cost of elective victory was the lost time with my family and professional endeavors.”


Baxter received money from the Republican National Committee, which has been at the heart of the recent indictments of U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land. DeLay and his associates are accused of laundering the money through the Republican group to illegally funnel corporate money to seven Texas legislative candidates, including Baxter.

Yep, Baxter is all mobbed up.

October 4, 2002 – An arm of the Republican National Committee contributed 190,000 in non-corporate contributions to seven Republican House candidates, including $20,000 to Dwayne Bohac, Dan Flynn, Larry Taylor, and Rick Green, $35,000 to Jack Stick and Todd Baxter; and $40,000 to Glenda Dawson.