Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, whose corruption trialbegan this week in Austin, on Wednesday took a little credit for the Republicans’ takeover of the House Tuesday night.
“Well, I hope I played a little part into it. A lot of the guys that are there now are from Texas came from our redistricting and we gained three more seats in Texas and that’s pretty amazing,” hesaid.”So what every little bit I had to play, I am very proud of.”
DeLay is charged with money laundering during the 2002 elections. Prosecutors say he used his Texas PAC to funnel $190,000 in corporate donations (which are illegal in Texas) through the Republican National Committee and back to several Texas state house candidates. Republicans took back the state house that year, directly leading to DeLay’s successful redistricting plan that put more Texan Republicans in the U.S. House.