Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay and his allies are now trying to say that the district of attorney of Austin (Ronnie Earle) is indicting Delay because of partisian politics. The fact of the matter is though that Earle has been balanced in going after republicans AND democrats proving that he does not let politics get in the way of justice.
Earle on CBS, "60 Minutes:" "There have been somewhere around 15 cases involving elected officials, that my office has prosecuted," says Earle. "Of the 15, 12 were Democrats; three were Republican."
This from Texas for Public Justice:
During his long tenure, Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle has prosecuted many more Democratic officials than Republicans. The record does not support allegations that Earle is prone to partisan witch hunts.
Additional evidence from The Houston Chronicle:
Rather than express concern or outrage over DeLay's and Craddick's roles (legal or otherwise) in auctioning off government, many Republicans instead accuse Earle, a Democrat, of trying to influence the upcoming elections with a partisan investigation.
They like to cite Earle's long-ago, unsuccessful ethics prosecution of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison as proof that the district attorney preys on Republicans.
They conveniently forget, however, that Earle's most successful, high-profile prosecution was that of Democratic Speaker Gib Lewis, whom he drove out of office a dozen years ago on a far less serious breach than is being alleged now.
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