at the opening of his new company, First Principles. I guess Delay is trying to invoke the spirit of Thomas Paine who advocated for a government by election and representation rather than one by succession and heredity.
But if you look at the list of party-goers, you have to think Delay has chosen his heirs. In crime and politics.
From the Crypt at politico.com
Tom DeLay: used to controlling a party
He wasn’t gone for long, but Tom DeLay has returned to Capitol Hill.
His new firm, First Principles, had its opening party last night . . .
They list the guests: Texans Sen. John Cornyn, former Rep. Henry Bonilla, Rep. Mike Conaway, NC's Rep. Patrick McHenry, as well as Pastor Rick Scarboro of Vision America, former Rep. Bill Paxon and Ken Blackwell.
Being D.C., things got started at 6 p.m. but went into the wee hours of the night — goers were probably encouraged by the fully stocked bar and cigars.
Full disclosure, the ceegar photo is from an engagement party, not the Tom Delay Capitol Hill gala.