You can just imagine this poor Chronicle reporter pounding his keyboard in frustration as he worked on this story:
Reaction from Fort Bend County residents to the indictments involving campaign contributions linked to U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay of Sugar Land was rather tepid Wednesday. Most people said they were only vaguely aware of this week’s actions taken by a Travis County grand jury.
Local political leaders say the indictments will have little or no effect on the upcoming election in which DeLay, a Republican and the House majority leader, is seeking an 11th term.
“I think that most people realize that partisan politics get introduced into many things, including the DA’s office of Travis County,” said Eric Thode, chairman of the Fort Bend County Republican Party.
A quick and informal poll of people outside a county courthouse annex building Wednesday showed that only a few knew about the indictments in any detail.
“I don’t really keep up much on it,” said Mary Lutz of Needville. “I should, but I don’t.”
Lutz said she plans to vote a straight Republican ticket and that includes voting for DeLay.
The grand jury on Tuesday indicted three DeLay associates and eight corporations on charges of making illegal campaign contributions to Texans for a Republican Majority, a political action committee associated with DeLay.
DeLay was not named in the indictments. DeLay is being challenged Nov. 2 by Democrat Richard R. Morrison, Libertarian Thomas Morrison and independent Michael Fjetland.
Perhaps there aren’t enough of DeLay’s constituents reading the Chronicle.