No Delay indictments?
Many of us, me included, have harbored hopes that Ronnie Earle would work his way toward a DeLay indictment in his investigation of DeLay's illegal power grab.The significance of the Ft. Bend DA's party affiliation isn't just partisan friendship, but the fact that the same Delay machine being investigated has funneled huge amounts of cash to Republicans all around the state. Too many people in the Texas Republican party owe Delay personal favors, and anyone who bites the hand feeding them will be sure to get hurt much worse.
And while the indictments have flown left and right, targetting a who's who of DeLay's Austin clique, we're going to have to surrender hopes that DeLay himself will get dragged into the fray.
A source close to the investigataion says it won't happen, and the reason is a technicality. Earle's jursidiction on election law violatioons extends only to the Travis County borders, and DeLay's home base is outside of Houston. DeLay would have to be investigated and indicted by the Fort Bend County DA. And given that he is a Republican, it ain't gonna happen.
This doesn't mean Delay didn't commit a crime, it'll just be harder to bust him.