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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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Liz T., Tucson

    The foot fractures are a pre-existing condition caused by too many times inserting them into mouth. When you think you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

    October 7, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Mary Lou Hamm

    Typical Republican ---–> Quit!
    Now he can fully concentrate on his indictments

    October 7, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Glenn Baker

    Well, watching him walk is even difficult for me! Mr. DeLay's mannerisms are so affected that he's difficult to take seriously, anyway. Sorry he's hurt but glad he's gone.

    October 7, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Linda

    Oh come on, people! The guy's got heart! I'm no fan of his policies or philosophies, but he broke both feet. Cut him some slack. This wasn't about politics and it's not fair to attack him on a political level as many of my fellow Libs are doing here.

    October 7, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Gene

    Seriously people.. some of you are so black hearted.. this is a dance competition where the guy quit because he was in extreme pain due to fractures in his feet. How can anyone equate that with Palin and call him a sissy.. he's a 62 year old man for God's sakes.

    Some of you people are cruel.... and this is coming from someone who's as anti-republican as they get :)

    October 7, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Joan Sinclair

    Thank God Tom DeLay quit "Dancing With The Stars", he made a complete fool of himself. Yes, he did look like a big sissy.

    October 7, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Peggy

    He should be in jail anyway!!!!!

    October 7, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. haren

    He realizes that democrats one who kept him in competition to make him laughing stock..

    October 7, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Ted

    I wonder what Steele, Limbaugh and Beck have to say for this clown. He shoudl have been locked up in a federal penitentiary for the crap he did.

    October 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. chuck

    This guy should be in JAIL like where all Republicans belong.

    October 7, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Balance

    CNN...what a joke. Delay is slammed for dancing – Rangel's outrageous corruption is not even mentioned. No wonder CNN continues to slide in market share and credibility.

    October 7, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Ned

    Maybe he figured out that we were all making fun of him...that we've always been making fun of him. Way to go Tom, you're finally in on the joke...and its you.

    October 7, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Johnnieg

    He is one of the reasons we stopped watching . Having that creep on was sickening.
    Dancings choice of competitors has been awful .
    That Samantha has got to go .

    October 7, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. dan

    Maybe they will have to haul Tom to the infirmery in a wheelbarrow after his jail cellmate has his way with him.

    October 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. WhoCares?

    He'll get another chance to "dance" in prison.

    October 7, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Vickie

    Delay is such a joke.............I could not even watch the show with him on it, maybe next year...

    October 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. norman baits

    oh hahaHAHAHA

    it's so nice that tom delay can make a joke out of making a mockery of our already corrupt campaign finance laws. what a great sense of humor he has!!!! and he can dance on top of that? this man is truly one of kind.

    October 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. ran

    I do not care but now that he is gone please please CNN never report on this guy again unless it is to say he is in jail or dead.

    October 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. Marie Laveaux

    I'm a yellow dog Democrat and I think he's a good sport to do any of this. It's good to see some real humor and fun from pols once in a while. Lighten up, folks, you'll live longer.

    October 7, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Bob Ramos

    When he was in office, I loathed Tom DeLay. But,now I see him and his courage, I have to respect him.

    October 7, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. xargaw

    His time in DC demonstrated to the country that Delay had no ethics and time will tell if he spends time in jail for criminal behavior. We now know he also has no dignity. He made a fool of himself which just goes to show, there's no fool like an old fool. It was, however, probably a ratings grabber for the show, since people that would not ever watch this program tuned in to see this train wreck.

    October 7, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. darrin

    we have twitter,my space,face book, now we can add another....how about "quitter" for the republicans.

    October 7, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Casual Observer

    One has to give him credit for trying the democrates logo "YES WE CAN" and found out " no he cant"!

    October 7, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. single mom

    Wow, this is the lead story and not a single thing on Rangel managing to keep his leadership of the House ways and means committee.
    nice set of priorities there, CNN!

    October 7, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Paco

    Very Nice Tom!
    Let's Bring Hannity to dance with Ann Coulter. That will be fun!

    October 7, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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