Dems Complain About DeLay's Smiling Mug Shot

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

( - There it is, front and center on the Democratic National Committee's webpage: a full-color mug shot of Rep. Tom DeLay, not bad as mug shots go, with the caption, "DeLay Booked."

The Texas Republican is smiling, dressed in a suit and wearing his House pin. Unlike most mug shots, the photograph being circulated on the Internet does not include written information at the bottom, so it looks more like an ordinary snapshot than a mug shot.

That bothers many of the bloggers on the Democrat's "Kicking Ass" website.

Some complained that the official mug shot "doesn't look real -- no ID markings, no booking numbers, etc." Others wanted to see the profile shot.

"I want a copy of the warrent [sic] for the back of a t-shirt and his mug on the front," one Democrat wrote. Others indicated they'd like to wipe the smile off DeLay's face.

DeLay was fingerprinted and photographed at a Harris County, Tex., sheriff's office on Thursday, then released on $10,000 bond. He's scheduled to appear in an Austin courtroom on Friday to face charges of conspiracy and money laundering.

DeLay says he's the victim of a politically motivated prosecutor, Ronnie Earle, a Democrat who DeLay insists is out to get him.

''Now Ronnie Earle has the mugshot he wanted," DeLay's attorney Dick DeGuerin told reporters after DeLay was booked. DeGuerin also noted that DeLay is smiling in the mug shot. "He's eager and he's ready to go," the attorney told reporters.

While Democrats scream corruption, DeLay's supporters argue that the fund-raising-related charges against him are flimsy and came only after prosecutor Ronnie Earle brought the case before three grand juries. Two of the three returned indictments, forcing DeLay to temporarily relinquish his powerful position as House majority leader.

DeLay has requested that his trial be moved out of Travis County, but Earle said he would oppose the motion. DeLay's attorneys also have asked Travis County Judge Bob Perkins to step aside, given his record of supporting liberal politicians and causes.

See Earlier Story:
Democrats Gleeful Over DeLay's Arrest (20 Oct. 2005)

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