Today is the second anniversary of my resignation announcement, and I want to put something to rest. In nearly every newspaper article I read mentioning my decision to leave Congress, never once do they get it right. More often than not, the article states that I was either forced or driven out of office under a cloud of scandal. Let me make one thing clear – there was no force in it, and no real pressure to leave other than the pressure I personally felt dragging my family and the 22nd District through a very divisive and costly race. The decision was all my own and on my terms, and I do not regret it. I would also like to point you to my interview with Mike Allen, who at the time was reporting for Time magazine, and my video resignation announcement, which I completed in the first take, in the dead of the night, with a lump in my throat.
Since leaving office, my life has changed drastically. First, I lost weight, which was a nice way to transition. I wrote a book, which I think only those who really love me or really hate me read, and I started organizing conservative activists in an effort to revitalize the movement I have been working with for 20 plus years. I’ve been raising money to help conservatives combat the growing number of liberal groups and union-backed political activities. I quickly started to blog at www.tomdelay.com, and then after taking a break to get CCM up and running, I transitioned over to Townhall where I feel very at home with my thoughts and opinions. It's been a very busy and interesting time , and I hope you all will join me as we continue to fight in this new arena.
Keep the Faith,
Tom DeLay is the former House Majority Leader, the second ranking leader in the United States House of Representatives, and co-author of No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight.
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