Who Brought Down DeLay?
As disgraced Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) starts pondering why he ever left the bug extermination business, the media is hammering on Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, who brought the indictment against DeLay's corporate fundraising machine.
The media mantra that Earle is a "partisan Democrat" is, of course, hogwash. But there's also more to the story than Mr. Earle.
The excellent Texas Observer, which has been covering the DeLay scandal with award-winning coverage since the beginning, published this overview last month about some of the lesser-known but key players, such as attorney Cris Feldman -- who TO says "more than any other has brought the TRMPAC scandal to light."
Chris Kromm is executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies and publisher of the Institute's online magazine, Facing South.