Cheney to Headline DeLay Fundraiser

High priced sleasefest: Vice President Dick Cheney will be the star attraction at a fundraiser for indicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. The vice president’s appearance on the stage with his corrupt political ally is intended to show that DeLay is not be shunned by his party but what it really reveals is how comfortable senior officials of the government with sleazy operators like DeLay:

A campaign fundraiser for embattled Rep. Tom DeLay postponed by Hurricane Rita in September is being rescheduled for Dec. 5 with Vice President Dick Cheney as the headliner.

“It points out that the party is behind (DeLay) and the (Bush) administration is supportive and wants to keep Congressman DeLay in office,” Eric Thode, Republican chairman in DeLay’s home county of Fort Bend, told the Houston Chronicle in a story published Tuesday.

The most expensive tickets for the event — $4,200 — includes a spot at a VIP reception and a photograph with the vice president.

“Congressman Tom DeLay has been an exceptional leader on Capitol Hill and Vice President Cheney looks forward to helping his re-election effort,” said Lee Anne McBride, a Cheney spokeswoman in Washington.

DeLay was indicted earlier this year on campaign finance-related charges in Travis County, an action that forced him to step down at least temporarily as House majority leader

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