DeLay Update

From Holden:

Still on the ballot.

A federal judge has set a Monday hearing for a Democratic Party lawsuit that attempts to block Republicans from moving ahead to replace former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on the November ballot.

Judge Sam Sparks on Monday left in place a temporary restraining order that expires Thursday, though he did not extend it. Sparks is expected to hear evidence and lawyers’ arguments at the hearing.


Though Republicans plan to initiate steps to fill the GOP vacancy on the ballot once the temporary order expires, the process won’t be complete by the time of the court hearing, said GOP attorney Jim Bopp.

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie said in a statement Monday that the Republican Party cannot conclusively establish that DeLay won’t be a Texas resident at the time of the November election.

Republicans argue that DeLay has moved to Virginia and is thus ineligible to represent his suburban Houston district.