Stand by your man

The Family Research Council is sticking with indicted House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Published September 29, 2005 4:13PM (EDT)

When Tom DeLay was indicted yesterday on a criminal conspiracy charge, his friends at the ultra-conservative Family Research Council had a little lecture to deliver to anyone who might leap to any conclusions about the House majority leader.

"We must all remember that in this country you are innocent until proven guilty," the FRC said in a statement on its Web site. "Many Democrats want to turn the indictment of Tom DeLay into an indictment of the ideas he champions. Partisan or ideological exploitation of a matter that is now in the judicial process is wholly irresponsible."

Funny, but we seem to remember that the Family Research Council called for Bill Clinton's resignation even before impeachment proceedings against him began. And we could have sworn that we heard Tom DeLay making political hay out of his indictment just yesterday.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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