Schiavo Memo: The DeLay Connection

The Washington Post reports the author of the infamous GOP strategy memo calling Terri Schiavo “a great political issue” is Brian H. Darling, a Mel Martinez (R-FL) aide and “former lobbyist for the Alexander Strategy Group.”

The Post does not mention that Darling worked for the Alexander Strategy Group as recently as last year, nor that the Group was founded by Ed Buckham and Tony Rudy, former aides to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX). In fact, the Group is a virtual clearing house for former DeLay aides and associates, including former staffer Karl Gallant, who directed DeLay’s controversial Americans for a Republican Majority (ARM) PAC.

It’s probably no coincidence, then, that DeLay used Darling’s supposedly “working draft” talking points on at least three occasions. Jerome Armstrong at MyDD has the details:

TP #3: This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate will be debating this important issue.

DeLay on 3/18: House Republicans knew we had a moral obligation to act, and we did just that.
DeLay on 3/20: The legal issues, I grant everyone, are complicated, but the moral ones are not.

TP #8: This legislation ensures that individuals like Terri Schiavo are guaranteed the same legal protections as convicted murderers like Ted Bundy.

DeLay on 3/18: Well, what we’re doing in the bill that passed the Hours and a bill that passed the Senate is exactly what we’re we would do for death row inmates.

Most recently, the Alexander Strategy Group has been in the news for helping finance DeLay’s expense-paid trip to South Korea in 2001, found to be in violation of house rules.

In 2002, DeLay disclosed to Congress that the Alexander Strategy Group paid his wife, Christine DeLay, $40,000 a year.