The Democratic Party of Texas has been hit hard in the last year. They had gerrymandered the state to maintain control of the state for decades. When Tom DeLay worked to right this wrong, and let the majority of Republicans in the state have the chance to have their votes count, the Democrats went nuts.
Tom DeLay, always the bogeyman to Democrats in Texas, was placed directly in the sights of the Democratic Party. Ronnie Earle was named the hit man. He threatened indicting DeLay before his election in 2004, he badgered and berated the Congressman, and now he has indicted him.
Ronnie Earle says his motivations are not political, so why did he help inspire a new Democrat political action committee called, Texas Values in Action Committee (TEXVAC), whose mission is for Democrats to takeover the Texas state legislature from the GOP.
Besides his traditional role as prosecutor, Earle, as Travis CountyD.A., has the unique duty of heading up the state’s Public Integrity Unit. His witch hunt against Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is representative of his misuse of this duty.
Concerned more about publicity than facts, Earle routinely conferred with the media about the case before informing Hutchison’s lawyers. He stacked the Grand Jury with his Democratic cronies and sought to inflate baseless accusations with vague evidence.
On Earle’s methods, the Dallas Morning News wrote “the impression of partisan unfairness has certainly been reinforced by the leaks and public comment about Hutchison’s case from the District Attorney’s office throughout the summer. That the Grand Jury investigation has been conducted with so much fanfare – such as the tip-offs to the new media when key records were seized from the former treasurer’s office – has added a darker tone to the cloudy proceedings.”
Hutchison wasn’t the first political figure Earle persecuted. Earle’s vendettas have been bipartisan; he has used his office to go after his political enemies in both parties. Besides Hutchison, Earle “investigated” Jim Mattox, Gib Lewis and others. Earle’s tactics earned him the appropriate nickname “Earle of Injustice.”
So the ignoble and partisan methodology used by the Ronnie Earle has been chronicled, yet the media is treating him as the non partisan standard bearer of the truth. But that is another story.
Here are some of the medias reaction to the Earle – DeLay Story:
Power Line; What’s It All About?
There is a lot to be said about Ronnie Earle’s indictment yesterday of Tom DeLay–and, by the way, a corrupt DA like Earle can procure an indictment of pretty much anyone he chooses, so I refuse to give Earle cover by attributing the indictment to the grand jury–but the most interesting question to me is, why did he do it?
NRO; Coming Soon: The Ronnie Earle Movie
The film, according to the description, “follows maverick Austin DA Ronnie Earle’s investigation into what really happened when corporate money joined forces with relentless political ambitions to help swing the pivotal 2002 Texas elections, cementing Republican control from Austin to Washington DC.”
A description of the picture on Birnbaum’s website, markbirnbaum.com