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

Tom DeLay trades political stage for the real thing

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Face reader in Texas

    Ah, America,the only place in the world where a known crook,former pest control worker,wannabe cowboy can still get on TV and make money.

    August 17, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Bananarama Victim II: Electric Boogaloo

    That's refreshing, for a moment there I thought Mrs. Palin finally got her own show; "Married With Political Props."

    August 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Pepou

    Fits that clown.

    August 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Polar Bears Against Palin

    The slimeball should be in prison. Right wing scum.

    August 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Good luck twinkle-toes....haha...break a leg (literaly!)

    August 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Roger

    This is one of saddest human beings alive, everytime I see him it makes me proud to be democrat..

    August 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    oh for the love of..... I thought this ignoramous was gone forever. Hopefully he will fall flat on his face and humiliate himself like he did when he was in congress

    August 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Nancy - Houston

    Ironic; I was only recently thinking about where the "GOP mouth" has been during and since Obama was elected, and now during the health reform planning? Shouldn't have thunk about him, but anyway, he will get my vote.....OFF DWTS!

    August 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Rush L.

    Next thing you know, Celeb's will be running for office.

    August 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. perceptions

    Boy our corrupt liberal press sure didn't like Tom Delay did they?

    But apparently these same flaming liberals have no issues with Nancy Pelosi....

    But our press isn't partisan.........(insert eye roll)

    August 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. montag24

    I wonder how well he'll dance in prison.

    August 17, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Post always rejected by CNN

    IF you are the dirtiest politician going and can get out of being prosecuted for your crimes you have to be a republican.....then all you have to do is ask for TV coverage and a job on TV and ZAM BOP BAM you got it..

    Look at the crook gingrich who resigned because of his questionable deeds. His face is appearing all over the place. Now we have Mr. Dirty himself and he gets a job as commentator. And the country wants to know why lies and crap is being spewed all over the place....Since the republicans own practically ALL NEWSPAPERS, ALL RADIO AND ALL TV AND CABLE CHANNELS they are at it 24/7.

    Who says we don't need the FAIRNESS DOCTRINE. Who paid the Democrats to drop the project?????????

    August 17, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Bubba

    Now there's a show I'll never watch! In fact, you might as well cancel it. Unless he has to dance with Michael Vick?

    August 17, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. owl

    That's a really good place for him. He was always good at dancing around the truth.

    August 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Look Forward

    I thought that he was still starring in "Dancing with the Law".

    August 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Larry

    WHAT A JOKE ... Tom Delay is

    He belongs on fictional TV ...

    August 17, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. carlos, that one

    CNN is so kind saying: "The Texas Republican, who left Congress in 2006 amid controversy".

    My question is: Why corrupt such a nice competitive show?

    August 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Nick

    I think this is going to be a fun season to watch. I think he's got a lot of guts to get out there and have some fun.

    August 17, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. GOPer

    That is hilarious. As much as GOPers love to hypocritically "hammer" celebrity, they sure are drawn to Hollywood status and making themselves *Stars*. Another Tucker Carlson. LOL

    August 17, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Tracey, MN

    This won't help Tom Delay. He's still a scumbag, with or without dancing shoes.

    August 17, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Steve in CT

    Well he sure knows what to NOT do when dancing the sidestep.

    August 17, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Ben in Texas

    I wanna see him on that other reality show. You know, "America's Most Wanted". Or maybe a new one: "Dancing with the Inmates".

    August 17, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Janet from California

    Ewwww! What on earth was Dancing with the Stars thinking? Obviously they weren't. with all the wonderful politicians among us, both Republican and Democrat, the producers made a huge faux pax on this one! I love Dancing with the Stars but will not watch Tom DeLay this season.

    August 17, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. J Zacek

    Why isn't Tom De Lay IN JAIL (where he belongs)? Isn't he still under indictment for all his illegal shenanigans with lobbyists?

    August 17, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. mr. D

    whay not !!!
    he's already screwed up the Gov't.

    now – he'll screw hollywood.



    August 17, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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