Tom DeLay to give up HML post

The AP is reporting that Rep. Tom DeLay will resign from his post as House Majority Leader:

Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay decided Saturday to give up his post as House majority leader, clearing the way for new leadership elections among House Republicans eager to shed the taint of scandal, two officials said.

These officials said DeLay, R-Texas, was preparing a letter informing fellow House Republicans of his decision. These officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they did not want to pre-empt the formal announcement.

DeLay is battling campaign finance charges in Texas and was forced to step aside temporarily as majority leader last fall after he was charged in his home state. He has consistently maintained his innocence and said he intended to resume his leadership post once cleared.

Thought before I logged off that I’d post this quickly for discussion purposes – news alert just came over via email.

Could this perhaps be happening as a result of Jack Abramoff’s guilty plea? Abramoff no doubt will sing, and the question on everyone’s mind has been who will he take with him.

Sunday AM Update: Here’s DeLay’s resignation letter. Also, check out this list of possible candidates to succeed DeLay. My hope is that they don’t pick a House version of Sen. Bill Frist.

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