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Delay in the Mix

From Roll Call:

DeLay Prompts Revolt at ACU

Conservative Group Roiled

As he moves to reclaim his place among the standard-bearers of the conservative movement, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) is roiling the leadership of one of its foremost organizations, the American Conservative Union.

DeLay was nominated to the board of the grass-roots group in December, prompting four longtime board members to resign in protest. He eventually joined the board in February.

In interviews and communications with ACU officials, the four board members who quit cited DeLay’s stewardship of spending increases and new entitlement programs during his tenure in House leadership as a betrayal of conservatives’ small-government agenda.

“He carried the water for some of the biggest government expansions in the history of the republic,” said Marc Rotterman, a North Carolina political strategist who quit the board after DeLay was nominated. “We looked at Tom DeLay to stop those kinds of bills, not to promote them. He was complicit.”

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