Tom and the Gang
After years of finely walking the line between unethical and illegal, Tom Delay has recently found himself on the wrong side of a couple of indictments. Delay has been forced to temporarily remove himself from the GOP leadership pending the outcome of his trial.
Delay has been the primary financial and strategic leader among House Republicans during their current majority reign. In that role Delay has personally given campaign money to most House GOPers. Alabama's Republican members are no different. Indeed, Delay has donated to the campaign warchests of all five of Alabama's GOP members.
The Daily Home has a breakdown of each member's Delay funds:
Mike Rogers - $30,000
Robert Aderholt - $19,571
Jo Bonner - $10,000
Terry Everett - $6,020
Spencer Bachus - $1,166
Delay's generosity logically seems to extend to those who need it the most. Mike Rogers represents a district that the legislature drew to favor a Democrat, so though he's performed well so far, he may never truly be "safe" while representing that district in its current form. And though Robert Aderholt is now seen to have a solid hold his 4th district, he had three fierce campaigns from Democrats before they decided to leave him alone.
Though a handful of Republicans have refunded the Delay money, no Alabama Republicans seem likely to follow that course. Even Mike Rogers, who could conceivably be hurt by his connections to Delay, has refused to distance himself from the indicted Texan.
"Rogers believes DeLay is an effective leader, and a strong proponent of conservative, pro-growth policies that have helped the hard working families and seniors of Alabama," Macomber said. "Also, the congressman knows DeLay has not been convicted of anything, and consequently he has no intention of returning anything while the judicial process runs its course."The Democrats are trying to make some political hay out of Rogers' close ties to Delay. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee even paid for some robo-calls in the 3rd district trying to increase pressure on Rogers to return the Delay money. The DCCC is making a game effort and Rogers loyalty to Delay could potentially cost him some votes down the line. But this type of issue is not going to inflict any significant damage on Rogers (or any of the other Alabama GOP Reps.).
Besides, the Democrats need a credible candidate to face Rogers before such attacks (legitimate or not) can bear any fruit.