DeLay: My Adultery Was Less Immoral Than Newt’s

In his book, “No Retreat, No Surrender,” Tom DeLay, the indicted former House Majority Leader, admits that in the days when he was drinking as many as 10 martinis a day, he engaged in extramarital affairs:

“I was no longer committing adultery by that time, the impeachment trial. There’s a big difference.”
— Tom DeLay

In this period, he earned the nickname Hot Tub Tom. Then he found Jesus and, he said, stopped sinning. In the book, he freely confesses to committing adultery. “I had put my needs first,” he told me. “I was on the throne, not God. I had pushed God from His throne.”

In the book, DeLay attacked his former colleague, then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, for having an affair while he was leading the impeachment of Pres. Bill Clinton because he committed perjury when asked under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. DeLay says Gingrich’s adultery was worse than his — due to the implicit hypocrisy:

[Gingrich was] conducting an affair with a Capitol Hill employee during the 1998 impeachment trial of Bill Clinton. (The woman later became Gingrich’s third wife.) “Yes, I don’t think that Newt could set a high moral standard, a high moral tone, during that moment,” DeLay said. “You can’t do that if you’re keeping secrets about your own adulterous affairs.”

A reasonable person might see this as splitting hairs, but so-called Christians always have an “out” when it comes to accountability:

“I was no longer committing adultery by that time, the impeachment trial. There’s a big difference … Also, I had returned to Christ and repented my sins by that time.”

But what about “Judge not, lest ye be judged,” Tom?


  • May 31, 2007 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    If they ran all the adulterers out of Washington politics, the whole district would be empty.

    best, Kay B. Day

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  • RickO
    May 31, 2007 - 3:29 pm | Permalink

    “…and that Piggly Wiggly I knocked over in Yazoo City, well I been redeemed of that too!”

  • Red State Rebel
    May 31, 2007 - 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Well, if any adultery can be called “less immoral” I guess this would be it. No hypocritical judgments here either. Some right-on Christians are great at excusing their own sins.

  • May 31, 2007 - 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Watch out, God! Tom DeLay’s coming to push you off your throne!!

  • gwbushh8ter
    May 31, 2007 - 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Republican Christian hypocrites…Who would have figured? My favorite bumper sticker…”The M in republican stands for morality” I think I saw it on DeLay’s sedan!

  • Greg Bacon
    June 1, 2007 - 5:54 am | Permalink

    “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.”

    Samuel Johnson 1709-1784

    Seems like Samuel’s saying is a bit out of date.
    It should be amended to say:
    “Religion is the last refuge of the scoundrel.”

    BTW, how many “boyfriends” did Hot Tub Tom have on the side?

  • cheryl
    June 1, 2007 - 7:22 am | Permalink

    I’d like to know what church this idiot follows!!! Last I checked these so called Christians still followed the ten commandments!!! I believe DeLay broke one of those!! Adultery is adultery-admit it-you hypocrite!!! When is this guy going to be tried by the way!!!

  • makesenseofit
    June 1, 2007 - 7:27 am | Permalink

    I think Tom and Newt both need to see a psychiatrist.. and not someone who is bias to the right …
    Just trying to make sense of it …

  • mespo727272
    June 1, 2007 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    How revealing! No mention of remorse or the affect on his wife. Just some Bible thumping that Jesus fogave him and so should we. Well, guess what, his deity and I apparently have different standards. If its up to me he burns for this along with so many other transgressions–public and private. Now that’s a real Texas BarBQ.

  • John Q Public
    June 2, 2007 - 1:30 am | Permalink

    HotTubTom, is that one of those cute Bushie names, like Dick “The Dick” Cheney, or Mary “I may be gay but I’m no Lesbian” Cheney, Scooter “Ride Me To CellBlock D” Libby, John “Kiss My” Ashcroft, Jack “Abrahm” Off, Condi “Boil My” Rice, Mark “Call Me” Foley, Mike “HeckOfAJob” Brown? I gotta collect all of their cards, especially the rookie years. I often wonder how do they decide each day “who gets the brain”

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