August 17th, 2009
11:56 AM ET
5 years ago

Tom DeLay trades political stage for the real thing

Tom DeLay trades the national stage for the real thing later this month.
Tom DeLay trades the national stage for the real thing later this month.


(CNN) -
Political observers know former House Majority Leader Tom "The Hammer" DeLay can have a heavy hand - the question is, can he be light on his feet?

They'll find out later this month. The Texas Republican, who left Congress in 2006 amid controversy, will appear on this season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, joining celebrities like Mya, Macy Gray, Aaron Carter, Ashley Hamilton, Melissa Joan Hart, Kelly Osbourne, Donny Osmond, Chuck Liddell and Michael Irvin, among others.

DeLay, who has largely kept a low profile since leaving the House, is president of a political consulting firm with offices in both Houston and the nation's capital. His turn on DWTS begins next week.


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soundoff (224 Responses)
  1. Bubba

    Hey, perceptions, I'd make him dance with Pelosi. Make them a team, so they had to work together, and watch him utterly fail the way he did as a politician. And for the record, I don't think anyone on any side actually LIKES Nancy Pelosi. She's paid her dues, she's useful and loyal, and most of her decisions along the way have been pretty moderate, but there's a reason they call it the FAR left – because very few people (despite your talk-radio-fueled fears) are way over there with her.
    Kevin, nice hate-post. You are now a lefty! Congratulations.
    Sponsors, take note – DeLay is not the man we want to see. BOYCOTT!

    August 17, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Big Ed

    If he can dance like he can run his mouth, he ought to win the contest easily! He'll have a full dance card in jail!

    August 17, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Richard L

    In honor of Tom DeLay's strong stance on morality and his ACTUAL record, can they change the title to "Dancing with Hypocrites"?

    August 17, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Dancing is SIN, Tom. (I saw 'Footloose'!)

    How's that political career going Tom? Lol!

    August 17, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. karen

    The end is here

    August 17, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. heather

    y is he not in jail?

    August 17, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Don in Albuquerque

    Isn"t old hot tug Tom supposed to be going to jail?

    August 17, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. meg

    I hope he trips and falls.

    August 17, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. ken

    It'll be interesting watching his dance partner try to make him turn left.

    It'll be like watching a backwards NASCAR race.

    August 17, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. greg

    I thought we're not supposed to invite ex convicts.

    August 17, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. mike

    Democrats go to jail. Republicans go to dance with the stars....

    August 17, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. mike

    Dems go to jail while corrupt Republicans become celebrities....

    I think that's how it is.....As cronkite...

    August 17, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. carole

    Ypu're kidding, right????

    August 17, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. AJ

    He really ought to be on a show called "Dancing with the inmates."

    August 17, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Joe

    That's what all the Republicans have to offer anymore.

    August 17, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. DallasTex

    Go to ABCTV.com. Contact us. And tell them what you really think about Mr. "I live under a rock" being on DWTS.

    He and the rest of his ilk should be watching this show in the rec room of one of the private prisons that they all helped create.

    August 17, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Bob from Pittsburgh

    can we all just get along...

    August 17, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Va 4 Obama

    Hope he's the 1st person to go on DWTS!!

    August 17, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. phyllis

    The reason he has kept a low profile, is because he is a crook, just like all the other republican. thank you

    August 17, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    The rest of the "Rethuglicans" should join him. It would be a safe place where they could do no harm to the rest of us. But then, maybe they would become "corrupted" like the rest of us and not the righteous, moral, snow white, stellar cast of characters they now think they are.

    August 17, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. yuri

    We only hope his " arrogance " does not come in the way of his judgement (?) of these events and cloud his jaundiced vision he had 3 yrs. ago.

    August 17, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. atlanta,ga

    you have got to be kidding me...

    August 17, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. chuck

    His redistricting ploys will not work on Dancing with the Stars. I'm sure he will try some type of gerrymandering on the show in order to win. He should be good at the Texas two-step which is a term we use here in Texas to describe a politician who says one thing and does another. Most of the rest of the country call it hypocrisy. Other politicians around the country are good at it, but no one can Texas two-step better than a real Texas politician and this is really what gave Delay his star quality in Texas. It's a tricky dance and you have to watch closely because most Texans never even know it happened when they are looking directly at it. That is why slick guys like Delay kept getting elected. Just when I thought that his music had stopped, the lights were turned out and he had left the building, Delay has reemerged to find new life. God help us all.

    August 17, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Michael Golubiewski

    My, my, my ... such venom from the people on the left ... the so- called "compassionate" among us ...

    August 17, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. DJ

    I will never watch ABC again...this man is a fraud.

    August 17, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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