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. sara-fl

    You don't have to be a lefty or righty, there are plenty scumbags out there in both parties, but this guy is their leader!

    August 17, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. My fellow Americans

    Why isn't he in jail?

    August 17, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. ~~ July ~~ ( Working HARD to make TX Blue )

    How low can a former Republican House Majority Leader go .... weeellll it seem pretty low ... DWTS??? LOL!

    August 17, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Rob

    He's just setting the stage for Dancing With The Stars 2014, when one of the contestants will be, "Former Disgraced President of the U.S., Barrack Obama". Then Obama will dance, not get a good score, and then all you libs will be on the boards here posting that the judges are an unruly, right-wing funded mob.

    August 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Mike A

    Why would they pick a hateful devisive corrupt politician?
    Hope the ratings plummet

    August 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Slappy White

    Who's the poor girl who has to partner with this nasty little roach?

    August 17, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Susan

    He must be running low on money that he is doing this to make a couple of bucks. He must really miss the good old days when he could strong arm people for money. I predict he is #1 to go slinking away!

    August 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. Cat

    This man was a disgrace to Texas. Not tuning in this year.

    August 17, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Rita, MD

    He will be the first to go since I can not stomach liars and cheats. I will vote for anyone except him.

    August 17, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Keith

    He should win considering all the dancing, weaving and bobbing he did while in congress!

    August 17, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. SamIam

    Hopefully he will fall, hit his head never to be heard or seen again.

    August 17, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Sheryl

    I will not watch it this time around!!!!

    August 17, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Debbie

    I am boycotting this years DWTS. ABC chose to bring politics into the show and they certainly picked a politician that his ethics are zilched. It may be a good time for the show to end.

    August 17, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Exit Stage Left

    He can take a long dance step off a very short stage. Who cares about this convict and his corrupted buddies. CNN, find someone else to promote DWTS. This guy's face makes me want to puke.

    August 17, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Reformed Republican

    You watch, Delay will only be able to make SHARP RIGHT circles and moves and step all over his partner's left foot...

    August 17, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Hollywood swine

    what a joke – typical Republican – bashes Hollywood, but deep down, wants to be a star so bad they'll do anything to get into and stay in the "evil media's" eye. If politics is the entertainment business for ugly people, i guess Delay now thinks he's good looking and can 'go Hollywood'. He's just following Palin, who bashes the media but then turns around and just wants to be a star, be a part of the show.

    August 17, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Jeff in Houston

    He has an upper edge folks. I bet he can goose step and salute George Bush in any tempo you throw at him. Just think! Everything from tap, to tango, to trance! Bigotry with a beat! Hate speech by the half-step! You know, you just gotta love this country! Makes me want to get a labotomy, a white hood, a tatoo saying Jesus loves me, and then run out and join the Republican Party! I can't WAIT!

    Seriously though, I think we may have a potential nausea situation on our hands, at a nationwide scale.

    August 17, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. AP in Illinois

    Anyone want to play some hardball and boycott all advertisers on ABC. Maybe we can get him canned and score some cheap political points.

    August 17, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. B

    He and Palin have a great deal in common, both illegitimate politicians and both Still have to be in front of a camera to satisfy the EGO !


    August 17, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. alvino

    Goes to show that some people hope that criminals can be good for a laugh. Break a leg, Tom. No, really, break a leg.

    August 17, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Lee

    He belongs in a cell block.

    I will never watch Dancing with the Strars again. It's had it's run anyway but this is a good time to say no to it, since the people running it have no common sense.

    August 17, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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