Campaign 2010

Jun 21, 2005

Rep. Don Sherwood: Tom DeLay’s Latest Crony of the Week

DCCC Press

Jun 21, 2005

Rep. Don Sherwood: Tom DeLay's Latest Crony of the Week

Sherwood takes thousands of dollars in campaign cash from DeLay; puts national party and DeLay ahead of his Pennsylvania constituents.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today announced Rep. Don Sherwood of the 10th District of Pennsylvania as the newest Tom DeLay "Crony of the Week." Sherwood will be featured for the next seven days on the DCCC's Tom DeLay House of Scandal website.

Don Sherwood follows his leader, Tom DeLay on nearly every issue. In fact, Sherwood is so closely allied with DeLay that he votes with him 95% of the time. Rep. Sherwood has also taken thousands of dollars in campaign cash from DeLay and his political action committees, a sign that his interests do not always lie with those he represents.

With his designation as the latest Crony of the Week, voters in Sherwood's district can learn the truth about his close ties to the ethically-challenged Majority Leader.

  • Don Sherwood has taken $14,855 from DeLay's political action committee, ARMPAC [www.tray.com].
  • Tom DeLay has been admonished a record three times by the House Ethics Committee for his unethical behavior, and will likely face the committee yet again - meanwhile, Don Sherwood continues to stand by his leader.
  • Sherwood puts partisan politics ahead of the 10th District of Pennsylvania - Sherwood voted with DeLay more than 95% of the time between January 1, 2004 and March 31, 2005 [www.cq.com].
  • Don Sherwood voted to weaken the House Ethics rules in a move that many say served only to protect Tom DeLay. Recently, House Republicans including Sherwood voted to restore the House ethics process - but only after an enormous public outcry. [H Res 5, Roll Call #6, 1/4/05 and H Res 241, Roll Call #145, 4/27/05].

"Even though Tom DeLay has been admonished three times by the House Ethics Committee, Don Sherwood continues to stand with him, and vote with him almost every time, " said Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Don Sherwood's priorities are clearly with his ethically-challenged party leader and not with those who elected him. Middle-class families in the Pennsylvania deserve a representative in Congress who recognizes that job number one is working for them, and not his party's interests. Pennsylvania can do better than Don Sherwood."

For more information about Tom DeLay, Don Sherwood and their ties to other ethically challenged individuals, visit our website, found at www.houseofscandal.org, or at www.dccc.org.

The truth about Don Sherwood's ties to Tom DeLay:

1. Contributions from ARMPAC:
tray.com
$14,855
2. Voting percentage with DeLay:
calculated through cq.com
95%
3. Vote to weaken ethics rules:
H Res. 5, Roll Call #6, 1/4/05
Yes
4. Vote to table Democratic solution:
H. Res. 153, Roll Call #70, 3/15/05
Yes