07 January 2006


"After the Abramoff thing we got critical mass,"
said Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who long had advocated
new leadership.

While Flake is a conservative in a safe congressional
district, others suddenly calling for change were more
moderate Republicans who could face difficult
re-election campaigns this fall.

New Mexico's Heather Wilson was among them.

She said three of DeLay's "former senior staff members
have admitted or have been implicated in corrupt and
illegal activities to get money for themselves by
influencing legislation. Whether or not Mr. DeLay was
involved himself or knew this was going on, he is
responsible for his office