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. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    So "the Hammer" now joins the ranks of Denise Richards, Li'l Kim and other third rank celebrities! Here's hoping he gets knocked out of the competiton by a former boxer or pro football player!

    August 17, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. ATL Guy

    This guy is one of those folks who narrowly avoided jail by cutting a deal with the FBI. He was once the star of the Republican party.

    August 17, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Kris

    These kind of scum should never be allowed to be in any limelight. They don't deserve it...repub or dem.

    August 17, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. feel the heat

    What a fool!!!

    August 17, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Saltydog

    I think it is great that Senator DeLay is partaking in DWTS. It's neat that the show attracts celebrities from essentially every mainstream medium, from singers to sports pros to Senators. Way to go Tom DeLay!

    August 17, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Sam I Am

    Tom? When you get to your accomodations at the studios, don't unpack your suitcase. You're not going to be there very long.

    August 17, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. con in pa

    new show..."dancing with a criminal"

    "Keeping a low profile since leaving the house"...
    anddddd.....Why would that be CNN?
    Did he just not run for election again and retire from office?
    Or did he resign?
    Big difference between "leaving"
    and being pressued to get out.... amidst allegation and being investigated for CRIMES!!
    don't you think CNN???

    Where have all the journalists gone??

    August 17, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Expat American

    Tom Delay on Dancing With The Stars? Now I've seen it the land where people who can't even fit in an airplane seat bring three course fast food meals on an airplane, Octomom is a celebrity victim and the world waits to see if Kate Gosselin and Jennifer Anniston will ever find love again.

    August 17, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Doug

    I see being a convicted criminal helps get you a job. This is worse than the NFL allowing Vick to play. ABC is banned from my house.

    "Now tell me the truth, boys, is this kind of fun?” – DeLay to homeless kids after Katrina

    August 17, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Andres

    Only on ABC, the same network that wanted to put Rush Limbaugh covering football, and greenlit a movie blaming Clinton for 9-11.

    August 17, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Kentucky

    DeLay will probably be good. He always danced around the truth when he was in Congress.

    August 17, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. lanray

    Just wonder what this country is coming to??? He is the laughting stock of most sane inhabitants of the Houston area - a real egomaniac. Dance, Tommy Crook, dance!

    August 17, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. See the light

    Tom DeLay should be dancing with a guy named Tyrone in prison.

    August 17, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Jimmy


    Who really cares what Delay is doing – I only care that he's out of our government – that's all that matters.

    August 17, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Mike, Syracuse

    I'd like to see him dance the lambada with Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, or Arianna Huffington.

    August 17, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Florida Joe

    Might as well dance before he goes to Jail

    August 17, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Suzan

    Can't believe the tv ratings are so bad that they have to ask ex-criminals on to try to bring up their ratings.........when the media exposes these kind of losers I stop watching their broadcasts........he is probably pretty good a dancing, he was good a dancing around the issues in DC.........GOP party of LOSERS

    August 17, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    I absolutely refuse to believe that CNN is running this on the Political Ticker, but judging by the dope smokers responses to this, news of Sarah Palin and Mark Sanford, I guess the are appealing to their viewers and watchers level of intellect.

    August 17, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Welcome to Rome

    Tom Delay dances while the American Empire sinks in its own cesspool faster than Rome ever could.

    August 17, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Of course politicians can dance! They do it all the time avoiding giving direct answers to simple questions.

    August 17, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Butch Dillon

    Sounds like someone in the live audience (or crew) is going to have a dandy 2nd amendment opportunity. Lock and load, it's DeLay time!

    August 17, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Hobbs

    He should be good at it: he's been dancing around the laws of this country long enough...

    August 17, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Emily

    Oh, Mr. DeLay! How low can you go?

    August 17, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Lilarose

    I have heard of only two of those DWTS "celebrities." Must be getting old.

    August 17, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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