Helping Out Poor Tom DeLay

In today’s Dallas Morning News, American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner explains his company’s $5,000 donation to Tom DeLay’s legal defense fund this way:

We were told that Mr. DeLay, a member of Congress from our headquarters state of Texas, was facing substantial legal bills that he was unable to pay personally because of their size and his limited resources.

DeLay’s “limited” resources? From Wednesday’s New York Times:

The wife and daughter of Tom DeLay, the House majority leader, have been paid more than $500,000 since 2001 by Mr. DeLay’s political action and campaign committees, according to a detailed review of disclosure statements filed with the Federal Election Commission and separate fund-raising records in Mr. DeLay’s home state, Texas.

Maybe next time he needs cash to pay his legal bills – instead of relying on a private company involved in major pending legislation – DeLay should ask his wife for a loan.