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Tom DeLay's second act is dancing

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Tom DeLay offers living proof that F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong to argue there are no second acts in American life.

As “Dancing With the Stars” fans surely have heard by now, the former House majority leader will be a contestant on the ABC program’s Sept. 21 season première. Mr. DeLay left Congress after resigning as majority leader in 2005 when a Texas grand jury indicted him on campaign finance-related charges.

"The Hammer" dances

The politician formerly known as “the Hammer” for his political toughness appeared Tuesday on ABC’s "Good Morning America" to say he had dancing in his blood and “jumped at the chance” to join the cast. “I love dancing,” DeLay said. He sent a message to his Twitter followers noting that he was the oldest “contestant by 11 years. Have to go after that #AARP vote.”

As Lisa de Moraes noted in her Washington Post column, in the past DeLay has limited his participation in "Dancing With the Stars" to commenting on the morals of some participants.


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