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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  1. Hugo

    This is interesting in what it says about how the media and political figures really see the American people. Ever wonder why there aren't any more serial TV shows with an actual plot or theme? Mainstream America is too depleted in their thinking to understand now, instead we have reality TV about getting a tatoo or going to rehab!? The government running our schools has failed so miserably that the product of their effort cannot even write a complete sentence or maintain the concept of a theme or a plot beyond a 3 minute time span. We now have a country of socially retarded idiots that must be directed on what to think and how to do, ask any liberal at ACORN or SERIBUS.

    August 17, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. KG, Twin Cities

    All politics aside, I think this is great. It shows another side to people. Really, don't we all like to boogie sometimes?

    August 17, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. HAWK IN TEXAS

    Why is this trash still not in jail where he and a whole lot of republicans belong oh! i know they are to try him in republican controlled texas.

    August 17, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Steve in Plano

    The only dancing DeLay should be doing is dancin' to the jail house rock.

    August 17, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Texas Doc

    What a clown. I hope he cries like a little girl when he loses.

    August 17, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Doug, New Jersey

    I love reading these comments from these hateful, dishonest, selfish, blind Obama-bot libs about Delay. We have not seen the kind of hate that the average Democrat in America has today since Germany in the 1930's. Funny thing, those people were rilled up and used by a national socialist, "community organizer", as well.

    Here is a thought, imagine if you had the gun carry laws of the red states in ultra blue hateful narcisist liberal dominated areas? How many thousands of people would be killed each day.

    August 17, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. shoegazer

    After"cutting a few rugs"I would think he'll be the first voted off the Island.Oh,wait,that's....oh,with all of these reality shows,I'm so confused.

    August 17, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Joseph, Los Angeles

    I'm still not going to watch; can't stand this man.

    August 17, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. sarah

    As I understand it, his indictment in Texas was flawed because he was money laundering checks to the Republicans instead of cash. That was the technical reason that he stayed out of prison. The law was only written to cover cash. How convenient!

    August 17, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. RRR

    Interesting CNN spin on delay...why does this not say 'DeLay left the House IN DISGRACE'?
    Why do disgraced politicians immediately get forgiven when they or their wives (ala Blago) go on a reality show?
    DeLay should be IN JAIL.

    August 17, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. colby

    OMG! Can you say "narcisistic"?

    August 17, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Slappy White

    The Terri Schiavo Quickstep?

    The Abramoff Rumba?

    August 17, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Ted

    another republican moron. Boy is the whole GOP made up of morons? They have Palin and Sanford and Bush and Cheney and lots of other people who are morons.

    August 17, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. jh

    Why isn't he on trial? I will not watch Dancing with the Stars. Some things are serious. Delay is vile and should be in jail.

    August 17, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. JANET

    What an idiot. lower than a snakes belly.

    August 17, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Slappy White

    Fox just couldn't get enough of this creep on their 24-hour news kook-channel, huh?

    August 17, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. sara-fl

    You don't have to be a lefty or righty, there are plenty scumbags out there in both parties, but this guy is their leader!

    August 17, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. My fellow Americans

    Why isn't he in jail?

    August 17, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. ~~ July ~~ ( Working HARD to make TX Blue )

    How low can a former Republican House Majority Leader go .... weeellll it seem pretty low ... DWTS??? LOL!

    August 17, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Rob

    He's just setting the stage for Dancing With The Stars 2014, when one of the contestants will be, "Former Disgraced President of the U.S., Barrack Obama". Then Obama will dance, not get a good score, and then all you libs will be on the boards here posting that the judges are an unruly, right-wing funded mob.

    August 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Mike A

    Why would they pick a hateful devisive corrupt politician?
    Hope the ratings plummet

    August 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Slappy White

    Who's the poor girl who has to partner with this nasty little roach?

    August 17, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Susan

    He must be running low on money that he is doing this to make a couple of bucks. He must really miss the good old days when he could strong arm people for money. I predict he is #1 to go slinking away!

    August 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Cat

    This man was a disgrace to Texas. Not tuning in this year.

    August 17, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Rita, MD

    He will be the first to go since I can not stomach liars and cheats. I will vote for anyone except him.

    August 17, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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