DeLay’s Last Dance
Former Congressman Tom DeLay, aka “The Hammer,” hung up his dancing shoes on Tuesday, but we may not have seen the last of his smooth moves.
DeLay lived up to his nickname during his years as the tough Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives. But he could not hang tough with two sore feet, so he bowed out of the dance competition.
DeLay ignored doctor’s advice on Monday and danced anyway, aggravating stress fractures in both feet. Was that the softer side of the Hammer talking when he said he would not be able to continue?.
“You can’t practice and if you can’t practice you make a fool out of somebody. I don’t want to do that to Cheryl,” DeLay said of dancing partner Cheryl Burke.
Had he not been forced to sit out the rest of the season, DeLay said his next dance would have been the Texas Two-Step. He may get another chance to strut his stuff. He left the show with an open invitation to come back at the end of the season — if he’s feeling better.
DeLay was House majority leader from 2003-2005 before being forced to step down on charges of violating campaign finance laws.
Photo credit: REUTERS/Evan Sisley. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay walks away from the U.S. Capitol on the day his resignation took effect. Sept. 6, 2006.