As Congress prepares to return, rumors are circulating that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R.-Tex.) may announce his retirement in √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ę06. Speculation about DeLay√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs exodus from Congress comes amid increased media attention on the Texan√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs relations with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was indicted for fraud last week. Abramoff associate Michael Scanlon √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??has been in discussions with the Justice Department,√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě according to the Washington Post. √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??The potential cooperation of Scanlon with prosecutors could provide crucial evidence in the federal task force investigation of Abramoff and his lobbying,√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě the paper speculated. Whether DeLay runs or not, Democrats are expected to wage a spirited challenge for his Houston-area seat with former Rep. Chris Bell.
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