The Note: Cash and Carry

In the Los Angeles Times, both Ray LaHood and Paul Weyrich appear somewhat skeptical about how powerful DeLay can be from the sidelines. LINK

Jackie Kucinich of the Hill catches up with Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), the man Democrats would like to make the new Tom DeLay, and has the following says-it-all quote from the optimist Congressman: "we turned over the material [the Justice Department] requested. … They have my telephone number." LINK

The Washington Post's Libby Copeland analyzes DeLay's "classic" and politically savvy exit yesterday. LINK

"Ron Bonjean, spokesman for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, puts it this way: Rather than DeLay standing before cameras with '15 mikes on a podium' and 'bright shining lights' and the possibility of becoming emotional or displaying 'a sense of being hunted,' DeLay 'controlled the environment.'"

DeLay: TX-22:

If DeLay formally resigns after Friday, April 7 (as he is expected to do) Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) will have two options:

Option #1: Gov. Perry could declare an "emergency election" for a Tuesday or Saturday somewhere between 36 and 50 days after he accepts DeLay's resignation. (This is the more likely scenario.)

Option #2: The governor could decide to leave DeLay's seat in the House vacant until the next uniform election (Nov. 7).

If DeLay were to resign before Friday (which he is not expected to do), Gov. Perry would also have the option of scheduling a special House election for May 13 to coincide with the municipal elections taking place around Texas on that day.

The New York Times on the convoluted process to replace DeLay in the short and long term. LINK

Carl P. Leubsdorf of the Dallas Morning News looks at the DeLay legacy and Notes that a DeLay resignation puts the GOP in a better situation to retain the 22nd District seat. LINK

Republicans in the 22nd congressional district of Texas quickly began debating the merits of a special election to fill DeLay's seat after he resigns, report the Houston Chronicle's Ratcliffe and Mack. LINK

The Washington Times reports on the lack of hesitations by DeLay's potential predecessors. LINK

When Rep. DeLay leaves the House, he'll be taking his clout and seniority with him, writes Levine and Mason of the Houston Chronicle. LINK

The Houston Chronicle pulls together the names of possible candidates for a special election to replace DeLay: LINK

Harris County Judge Robert Eckels (R-TX)

Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace (R-TX)

Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt (R-TX)

Houston City Councilwoman Shelley Sekula-Gibbs (R-TX)

Lawyer Tom Campbell (R-TX)

Former State District Judge John Devine (R-TX)

State Rep. Robert Talton (R-TX)

Former U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson (D-TX)

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman (I-TX)

Libertarian Party nominee Bob Smither (L-TX)

DeLay: legal proceedings:

The New York Times on the impact of the federal investigation into some of DeLay's closest associates on DeLay's decision to resign: LINK

Texas lawyer Cris Feldman, who has previously fought in court against DeLay's PAC, reiterates the legal arguments against TRMPAC in an op-ed in the Washington Post. LINK

According to Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News, Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle says of DeLay's decision to resign: "This changes nothing." LINK

With re-election out of the picture, DeLay's lawyers are no longer pushing to get a trial finished by November, reports R.G. Ratcliffe of the Houston Chronicle. LINK

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