- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 19, 2013

Former Rep. Tom DeLay said not much changed after a Texas appeals court overturned his conviction Thursday and acquitted him of charges he violated campaign finance laws — except that he will have a key constitutional right restored.

“I can get my concealed weapon license back,” he told reporters at the Capitol.

Mr. DeLay had been convicted by a Texas jury of laundering money through several political groups in order to help federal candidates win elections in Texas, but an appeals court said the money-shifting was legal and tossed the conviction and officially acquitted him of the charges.


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The case left Mr. DeLay on the sidelines of politics for eight years, but he said it didn’t weigh on him.

“Because I’m walking with the Lord, I had no burden. He’s had the burden. He carried it,” Mr. DeLay said. He said he was at a prayer session when he learned of Thursday’s decision.

He said he doesn’t have plans to run for office again, and is working on a book about constitutional revival at the federal level.


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