DeLay's Legacy... Abuse Of Power, Strong Arm Tactics, Broken House Rules, Pay-To-Play Politics....

Under siege from state and federal probes into his actions and those of his closest aides and advisers, Rep. Tom DeLay had considered resigning on several occasions over the past four months. But he waited until after he had vanquished his challengers in the Republican primary to deny them the chance to become his successor, associates said.

DeLay's decision was also provoked by recent poll results that showed he faced a stiff challenge in November, the associates said.

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