DeLay, Northern Mariana Islands, 1997:
When one of my closest and dearest friends, Jack Abramoff, your most able representative in Washington, D.C., invited me to the islands, I wanted to see firsthand the free-market success and the progress and reform you have made.
DeLay, in a letter to his constituents, 2/6/06:
The reality is, Jack Abramoff and I were not close personal friends. I met with him only occasionally…
CNN, on DeLay’s reaction to the new Vanity Fair article, 3/9/06:
REPORTER: There is one powerful Washingtonian who is not disputing Abramoff’s accounts in the Vanity Fair article. Republican Congressman Tom Delay’s spokesman tells CNN he has no quarrel with anything in the piece which stated that the two were friends who would talk about philosophy, politics, and golf.
Now that DeLay is back to acknowleding the “close personal” nature of his relationship with Abramoff, will he also start talking more about what they did together?