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

Tom DeLay trades political stage for the real thing

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(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. Kevin in Ohio

    This will be sure to set off a ton of hate-posts from the lefties here.

    August 17, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. dominican mama 4 Obama

    CNN: are you kidding?? Who gives two flying cows about this? OMG!

    August 17, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  3. Peggy - TX

    Awesome, I am so glad to see an out-of-work republican politician find a much more worth while endeavor then, just sitting round, aimlessly trying to figure out how to bring down America in a crude, misstargeted attempt to destroy the present political party in power in a pathetic attempt to perpetuate their own failed political career.

    August 17, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. ex-AMC/DWTS fan

    This is one time I have to say I'm glad the D-TV conversion screwed me out of my ABC channel. Who in their right mind wants to look at Tom DeLay prancing around? I'd rather see him in a pair of cuff or an orange jumpsuit jumping around in the arizona state prison system.

    August 17, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Randolph Carter

    Why not? He'll be great. After all, he had so much practice dancing with big oil and other lobbies. Have a nice day!

    August 17, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |

    If he does not have to attend too many court dates he might make it through the season.

    WIll he threaten to withhold money from his opponents? Will he launder money to a special charity to give himself an unfair advantage? Will he manage to get the rules changed mid stream to give himslef an advantage?

    August 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    Interesting how the right is anti-Hollywood and hates celebrities, right up until they get an offer to be a celebrity themselves. They are a shameless, godless bunch.

    August 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Seattle Sue

    I would have thought this criminal would be behind bars by now.

    August 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. cspurgeon

    Well I don't watch it anyway but what a comedown for the show I mean.

    August 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. ch

    How the mighty have fallen!!

    Love it – this slimy weasel spent so much effort trying to destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton yet he ends up resigning in disgrace and clowning/whoring himself off on some third rate TV show while the Clintons continue to thrive!

    Poetic Justice!

    August 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. GOPer

    When in a hole, stop digging.

    August 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Ron In California

    Repub or Dem...they all spend a lot of time tap dancing.

    August 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Deuce

    Soon it will be your turn to dance, Mr Obama. Now we buy anything but USA ...

    August 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. ronald

    Who would watch this man?

    But then again, there are a FULL HOUSE of ex-GOP clowns on TV

    August 17, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Carl from MI

    This guy's a total jerk, and an evil one at that. I hope he's the first to get booted.

    August 17, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Glenn, Cary, NC

    Holy cow! You can't make this stuff up.

    August 17, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. gringovejo

    You have got to be kidding me! This moron couldn't be light on his feet,
    because all of the air is in his head.

    August 17, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. glenn

    If I wanted to see a criminal dance, I would go to Levinsworth on
    saturday night. I won't be watching.

    August 17, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Terry from West Texas

    This is a dangerous man. He has not lost his lust for power, I speculate based on no evidence but my impression of him. He is very smart; in a Machiavellian way; crafty. And dangerous.

    August 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Ray

    Too bad, that used to be a good show. I won't be watching DeLay. I can't see how a criminal like DeLay is considered a celebrity. I'm afraid this show's run is done.....

    August 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. rick

    He should be good at it because Republicans are very good at two stepping.

    August 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Don't ya just love that sweet face?

    August 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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