In 1990, while running the political programs division for the National Association of Realtors, I met with a brash Republican Congressman from Texas – an up and comer named Rep. Tom DeLay.
President Bush on Wednesday bypassed the Senate to install former
Navy Secretary Gordon R. England as deputy secretary of defense, and
used a similar maneuver to name a new Pentagon spokesman, campaign
finance regulators and Amtrak directors.
As politicians led by President Bush scrambled to ditch campaign
contributions from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former House
Speaker Newt Gingrich cautioned Republicans they risk losing control of
congressional majorities if they try to put all the blame on lobbyists.