Scalia doesn’t delay: No delay regarding Delay

From Scout:

Well well or hee hee…

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday rejected a request by Texas Republicans to block an appeals court ruling that says former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s name must appear on the November ballot.

Texas Republican Party chairwoman Tina Benkiser requested the delay of the appeals court ruling until Republicans can formally ask the Supreme Court to review the case.

The case was routed to Scalia, who handles appeals from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The New Orleans-based appeals court last week sided with Democrats’ claims that, if DeLay is eligible to run but drops out of the race, the Republican Party cannot substitute another candidate.

Benkiser could file the request with another justice.

“Wow! That was quick,” said Cris Feldman, attorney for Texas Democrats who had not yet heard about the stay.

“That was a lightning-quick response. We’re very pleased by the court’s decision to deny the stay and it’s now time to move toward the general election and put this matter behind us,” said Feldman.