WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Senior Vice President for Political Affairs Tony Massaro today issued the following statement on Rep. Tom DeLay's decision not to seek re-election.
"Rep. Tom DeLay should take care that the door does not hit him in the wallet on the way out.
Tom DeLay has made a career out of embracing whichever special interest could help him achieve his radical agenda, all the while shunning what was best for his constituents and America as a whole. Over the course of his tainted career, Rep. DeLay compiled an embarrassing 6% lifetime score on The League of Conservation Voters National Environmental Scorecard, including a whopping zero for the 109th Congress, earning him a spot on the LCV 2006 "Dirty Dozen" list.
As a career-long cheerleader for big energy polluters, Tom DeLay's extraordinary - and ultimately failed - effort to protect the manufacturers of the dangerous chemical additive MTBE from liability for their products' pollution of groundwater represents only the most egregious of his actions.
It's also ironic that by resigning, Rep. DeLay leaves the choice of who shall run in his place to the smoke-filled rooms of the powerbrokers, since he decided to step down after his primary."
Last April during debate of the House energy bill, LCV released its report, "Tom's Tainted Team," which details 10 House Republicans who are financially beholden to DeLay and MTBE special interests. To view the report, visit http://www.lcv.org/images/client/pdfs/Toms_Tainted_Team_092805.pdf