Campaign 2010

May 16, 2005

Rep. Tim Murphy: Tom DeLay’s Latest Crony of the Week

DCCC Press

May 16, 2005

Rep. Tim Murphy: Tom DeLay's Latest Crony of the Week

Murphy takes thousands of dollars in campaign cash from DeLay; puts national party and DeLay ahead of his Pennsylvania constituents.

Tim Murphy has a record of standing side-by-side with Tom DeLay on almost every issue. With his designation as the latest Crony of Week, Murphy's Pennsylvania constituents can learn the truth about Rep. Murphy's close ties to the ethically-challenged Majority Leader.

  • Tim Murphy has taken $10,000 from DeLay's political action committee, ARMPAC [].
  • Tom DeLay has been admonished a record three times by the House Ethics Committee for his unethical behavior, and is about to have the face the committee yet again - meanwhile, Tim Murphy continues to stand by his leader.
  • Murphy puts partisan politics before what is right for his constituents in the 18th District of Pennsylvania - Murphy voted with DeLay more than 94% of the time between January 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005 [].
  • Tim Murphy voted to weaken the House Ethics rules in a move that many say served only to protect Tom DeLay. Recently,House Republicans including Murphy voted to restore the House ethics process - but only after an enormous public outcry. [H Res 5, Roll Call #6, 1/4/05 and H Res 241, Roll Call #145, 4/27/05].

"Tim Murphy is in rare company inside Tom DeLay's House of Scandal. Few Republican members of Congress are as tightly connected to the ethically embattled Majority Leader as is Tim Murphy, " said Bill Burton, communications director of theDCCC. "Pennsylvania families continue to battle record-high gas prices, soaring health care costs and prescription drugprices that are spiraling out of control, while Tim Murphy continues to spend his time in Washington following his leader. He puts his party above his obligation to his constituents and spends more time fighting for special interests than fighting for middle class Pennsylvania families."

The DCCC's House of Scandal website is a powerful informational resource that serves as a clearinghouse of information about the various scandals and charges leveled against Tom DeLay and his allies. The website, found at, or at, shows the lines that connect the scandals that surround Tom DeLay and specifically documents the ways that Tom DeLay and his closest allies were able to depose the chairman of the House Ethics Committee, gut the House ethics rules to protect DeLay, and halt for months any meaningful action to put an end to the ethics cloud hanging over the Congress.

1. Contributions from ARMPAC:
2. Voting percentage with DeLay:
calculated through
3. Vote to weaken ethics rules:
H Res. 5, Roll Call #6, 1/4/05
4. Vote to table Democratic solution:
H. Res. 153, Roll Call #70, 3/15/05