October 7th, 2009
03:13 PM ET
5 years ago

DeLay calls it quits

An injured DeLay had to call it quits on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.
An injured DeLay had to call it quits on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.

(CNN) - Tom DeLay's dancing days have come to an end.

While miraculously escaping another round of elimination on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night, the former Republican House majority leader voluntarily withdrew from the widely-watched competition on recommendations from his doctor and the show's producers.

The man once known as "The Hammer" on Capitol Hill said he was just too injured to continue, developing stress fractures in both his feet that made it very difficult to endure the rigors of the competition.

Delay originally remained defiant in the face of such pain, declaring last week, "nothing's going to stop me from doing this dance." But this week's round of competition proved too taxing on the 62 year-old, evidenced by a wince-inducing performance Monday of the samba to War's "Why can't we be friends."

In the end, the man who gave in to few fights in Washington had to call it quits on the ABC hit series.

"If you can't practice, you make a fool of yourself out here," DeLay said. "I don't want to do that to [my dancing partner] Cheryl."

Carried out on wheelbarrow on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday night, DeLay appeared slightly embarrassed over the development: "A boy from Texas breaking his feet dancing...," he said to laughter.

Still though, DeLay remained confident his skills could have carried him forward.

"Can you shake your booty like I can?" Delay asked a skeptical Kimmel.

Asked if he his performance will inspire other indicted politicians to dance, Delay - who was charged with criminal violations of state campaign finance laws but never convicted - said "hey, it keeps you out of jail."

"But God for bid if you end up in jail, it's not a good thing for the inmates to see on reruns," Kimmel replied.


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  1. Mike

    He can't do anything right.

    October 7, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. george ellis

    Yeah, now I can watch Dancing With The Stars.

    October 7, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Jacques

    How many years and still no trial. Prosecution by Democratic party DAs surely is a very slow process in Texas.

    October 7, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. di

    Delay's dancing was a great laugh. But his moves did not help the GOP!

    October 7, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    I thought I had the CNN Political Ticker not National Enquirer.

    October 7, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Joshua College Station Texas

    Please send him to jail.

    October 7, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Bill from CA

    Good thing he has HEALTH CARE.

    October 7, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Leslie

    He was a joke anyway!!

    October 7, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. AJ

    Too bad his mouth never gives out...

    October 7, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. katiec

    He was making such a fool of hisself.
    Some will stoop to any level to get recognition and headlines,
    Think this backfired on him as he let his ego overtake ability.

    October 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. barbara

    Did he say you "WILL" make a fool of himself?
    Too late... he was a fool before the show, now he is a buffoon in red pants and probably Depends under them

    Join the ranks of Bob Dole and his E.D image .
    This was our leadership?

    October 7, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Does It Matter Who I Am

    He was actually quite personable on the show. But symbolic of the Republican extreme right wing with two broken feet and ending up dropping out of the picture.....ooops! :)

    October 7, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Tina

    Too bad for him. Now can this stupid show go off the air?

    October 7, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Michael in Houston

    Regardless....Tom DeLay is disturbing on so many levels that even this venue for him does not remove his overall creepiness. In fact it enhances it even more. This whole thing has been a stunt and one that is just flat out weird.

    Creepy, manipulative, slimey, and yesterdays news. Go away DeLay and take your danceskins and tutu with you.

    October 7, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Victim of Liberal stupidity

    Asked if he his performance will inspire other indicted politicians to dance, Delay — who was charged with criminal violations of state campaign finance laws but never convicted — said "hey, it keeps you out of jail."
    Hmmmm, before all the liberals start spewing their disgust, let us consider ALL of the campaign funding fraud, corruption and deceit that we have recently seen. ACORN, Rangle, Edwards, Daschle, Geithner, Clinton's, Ensign, Delay and Obama included. I don't think that the Republicans have the corner on political corruption by any stretch of the imagination. America needs to stand as One to take back control of our State and Federal Governments, they are supposed to work for us. They are not exempt from our laws, I don't care how many lawyers argue the meaning of IS!

    October 7, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    For all the damage he did to our country, he deserves to be in a little pain ...

    October 7, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Johnsonj3

    Who cares

    October 7, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Blinker

    He did a good job...better than everyone thought he would.

    October 7, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Gary's Opinion

    ironically he got more votes on the show than he did in his political career.

    October 7, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Joe in CA

    Now he can join Palin, the other GOP quitter.

    October 7, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Fran

    Good; can he withdraw to obscurity now?

    October 7, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. lanray

    Please - enough about this crook. He is probably faking the foot issue just like he did with us Texans when in office. What he won't do for attention - arrogance reigns.

    October 7, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Jeff

    Another quitter from the GOP. Big surprise.

    October 7, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. Chris - Denver

    First Sarah nor this. Republicans are a bunch of quitters.

    October 7, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Gregory, Scottsdale, AZ

    This is very funny. Why does the media focus on stupid stories like this?? Delay is and always will be a joke. The damage this man did not only to his party, but tio the American people ~ Good, glad U got hurt, serves your butt right. Now, Go peacefully into the night.....

    October 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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