Friday, October 14, 2005
New Poll Shows DeLay Slipping in Texas District
Despite embattled Rep. Tom DeLay's aggressive attempt to spin his way out of his mounting legal troubles, his poll numbers are dropping in his home district, according to a SurveyUSA poll commissioned by Houston's KPRC-TV.
DeLay has blamed the Democrats, Travis County DA Ronnie Earle, and just about anyone else he can think of for the multiple Congressional admonishings and two conspiracy indictments he's been hit with. But it's not working. He's losing critical support among his constituents in the 22nd district, 40% of whom believe he should now resign from Congress, according to the poll conducted last week. This is the highest number recorded since polling began five months ago. His approval rating is at 42%.
The candidacy of Democratic challenger Nick Lampson gets stronger each day, and DeLay clearly is vulnerable. Lampson is a four-term Texas Congressman edged out in Delay's 2003 redistricting scheme. Andy