Via Matt Drudge, we get this laugher out of Texas:
Prosecutor in probe of DeLay PAC raises funds for other side
Earle's speech on political corruption keys on the GOP leader, whom he likens to a bully
By MICHAEL HEDGES
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau
A newly formed Democratic political action committee, Texas Values in Action Coalition, hosted the May 12 event in Dallas to raise campaign money to take control of the state Legislature from the GOP, organizers said.
Well, here is the Texas Values website, and they aren't being coy about their mission or the Earle speech. The Houston Chronicle did ask Earle about the propriety of this appearance, and delivered more chuckles:
Earle said Wednesday he knew the group that met in Dallas was raising money for Democrats, but that it was not his reason for speaking.
"I'd make the same speech to any group, Republican or Democrat, as long as the group was interested in honest, open government," Earle said in a telephone interview.
The prosecutor said he did not recall making other fund-raising speeches for anyone besides himself since he began investigating DeLay.
UPDATE: Charles Kuffner rises to the defense of Ronnie Earle:
As for his motives in investigating Tom DeLay and his cronies, I've always thought that it would be extremely stupid of Earle to take anything less than rock solid evidence to trial, because he's ultimately going to be judged by how those trials turn out. If he loses, his entire career will mean nothing - he'll always be the guy who tried and failed to take down DeLay, and he'll always be a partisan hack and a loser because of it.
Uh huh. And right now Earle is the guy who tried and failed to take down Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, yet still he remains DA.
The readers in his comments are also in revolt.
And the Houston Chronicle editors are displeased:
Earle's attendance and remarks attacking DeLay at a Democratic fund-raiser last week in Dallas damaged the credibility of his investigation with a stunning display of prosecutorial impropriety.
Earle is an elected Democrat, so his attending a party fund-raiser is legal. However, it is inappropriate for a prosecutor to discuss a case under investigation in a political setting, or to single out a potential target of that probe for criticism.
The fact that Earle refuses to recognize his blunder and would do it again calls into question whether he has the necessary impartiality and judgment to conduct the investigation that to a great extent will determine whether Texas election campaigns will be financed and perhaps determined by corporations or by individuals.
I have not seen word from the Dallas Morning News.