U.S. high court: DeLay stays on ballot

Aug. 8, 2006 at 8:41 AM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled former Republican Texas congressman Tom DeLay's name cannot be removed from November's ballot as he wanted.

DeLay won the Republican primary this spring, but was indicted for state campaign finance irregularities and could face a House ethics investigation. The former House majority leader resigned his seat in June, and said he would retract his name from the ballot.

However, Democrats were keen to keep his name and associated scandals alive on the ballot, and challenged the Republicans in court.

A Republican federal judge in Texas ruled in favor of the Democrats last month, which was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans last week, the Washington Post reported.

Monday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia upheld the ruling.

DeLay must now decide whether to mount a campaign for the seat he resigned or back a write-in campaign against Democrat former House member Nick Lampson, the newspaper said.

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