January 7, 2006: Reaction to DeLay Announcement (AP)

  • “We respect Congressman DeLay’s decision to put the interests of the American people, the House of Representatives and the Republican Party first.” — White House spokeswoman Erin Healy.
  • “For years, at the expense of the American people, the House Republicans have enabled and benefited from the Republican culture of corruption engineered by Tom DeLay. The culture of corruption is so pervasive in the Republican conference that a single person stepping down is not nearly enough to clean up the Republican Congress.” — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
  • “Tom DeLay is doing the right thing by permanently stepping down. It’s time for a more mainstream leader that reflects the views and ethics of the American people and will make restoring Americans’ faith in government their top priority.” — Rep. Christopher Shays , R-Conn.