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. Allen, Cypress, Texas

    God Bless him. I applaud the "Hammer" for willing to laugh at himself and I and the rest of the country will there laughing along with him. This is something most people in his party are not willing to do.

    August 17, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Tremmor

    God Bless Tom. Miss the guy. He was a welcome change of pace to what we have now. I guess Grandmommy dearest Pelosi and Delay are both pretty tough but at least Delay wasn't ordering $550M worth of aircraft during a recession for Congress. Out of touch much?? Most of you limosine liberals think Delay was bad but for me Pelosi is worse and she will almost sigle handedly bring down the Permanent Compaigner if he keeps letting her propel his agenda.

    August 17, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Vic

    Is this news?? Who care what that liar is doing. That stupid show is on Fox ...right.

    August 17, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Rush Goebbels

    Hows that drought coming in Texas Tom?Dont call the Fed for help please,you can go it alone remember what Gov.Goodhair said.

    August 17, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. American Voice

    YES I always thought he should pursue some other careers – he was not all that gpood/popular in politic.

    August 17, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. C White

    I hope he fails – or falls – One or the other!

    August 17, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. marilynmdaniels@aol.com

    tom is one ulgy. man how did you manage to get this shot of him.
    if you can produce a retouched, air brushed, untrue picture to create this tom, then i want the same consideration given to everyone you feature on CNN. If this is possible for ulgy delay, the sky is the limit.

    August 17, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. marilynmdaniels@aol.com

    tom is one ulgy. man how did you manage to get this shot of him.
    if you can produce a retouched, air brushed, untrue picture to create this tom, then i want the same consideration given to everyone you feature on CNN. If this is possible for ulgy delay, the sky is the limit.

    August 17, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Gary, Indiana

    It's about time Republicans show their fun side! Great job!

    August 17, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Tom

    Another republican pops out of the closet.

    August 17, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. tacuache

    During the campaign some republican was comparing Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton; this will put DeLay right up there with such big names as Heather Mills McCartney. On the comeback trail, Tom?

    August 17, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. SlowGun

    Did he ever go to prison?

    August 17, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yeah,

    He'll soon be performing at the stage in Levenworth, for his new cellmate, Big Bubba Joe Shamrock,

    hahahahahahahahaha

    August 17, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. ChicagoDB

    Break a leg Tom!

    August 17, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Joker1956

    What a joke? I DON'T want to see ANY politian on DWTS, especially a CROOKED ONE!

    August 17, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Claudia in Houson

    Delay should be in prison due to his corruption charges in Texas. Delay is a Bush cronie and should stay hidden just like GWB. Crook.

    August 17, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. David/Florida

    Who in the world would be watching this BLEEPING Bigot and Anti semite on a show like this. I am not a fan of this phony show anyway, but take my word DWTS, your shows will be off limits in my house. I like to watch Chris Matthews, but wish he would keep this Bastard off his show.

    August 17, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. jeem

    What a crock! I will not be watching this criminal dance.
    Is Karl Rove next? Dick Armey? See' ya.

    August 17, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Billy J Texas

    Oh man..... I was always embarassed by this toad. Now he is going to further humiliate Texans by prancing around like the closet case that half the criminals he worked with were. No shame...... All Hat. phhh!!

    August 17, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Chryssa

    Yuck. I won't be watching. He's scummy.

    August 17, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Ken

    Wow. I guess the rightwingers were correct afterall: hollywood DOES attract the wierdest and slimiest pieces of lowlife.

    August 17, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Jack in Florida

    Hopefully the Professional Partners are more exciting than the line up of "stars"!!

    August 17, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Bethie

    This guy has sucken to an new all-time low!

    August 17, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Zaley

    What a looser!!!!!!

    August 17, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Typical Republican

    I hope he has an affair with his dance partner. I wouldn't be entertained and feel he was being 'real' unless he had an affair during the show at some point.

    Then we can talk about how noble and good he is. Because only really good people (republicans) do the wrong thing and get called 'good man'.

    August 17, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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