Delay's Appalachian Connection

(Cross-posted at the new Appalachian Voices blog and front-paged by Anglico)

There are many public servants that make me proud to be an Appalachian citizen.

In NC-05, my district, Virginia Foxx has not been one of them.

She has made it a habit to follow special interest money, including that of disgraced former House Leader Tom Delay (R-TX-22), rather than to serve the will of her constituents.

(Cheney, Delay, Foxx)

Delay just announced his resignation from Congress. But he leaves a long list of Appalachian Congressional members to whom he gave generously over the years.

Foxx has taken $15000 from Delay's PAC, and I have seen her- in person - refuse to simply answer qustions and concerns of her constituents.
I hope that if Delay (now saying he will retire) is found guilty, Virginia Foxx will give his money to charity.

Somehow I doubt it.

Foxx is not alone. Below is a list of politicians in the Appalachian Region who have taken money from Delay's PAC...


Foxx is, by far, not the only Congressperson in the Appalachian region to accept $ from Delay. Here is a full list...


North Carolina
Robin Hayes (R-NC) $47,722
Virginia Foxx (R-NC) $15,000
Walter B. Jones Jr. (R-NC) $11,373
Patrick McHenry (R-NC) $10,000
Charles H. Taylor (R-NC) $6,130
Sue Myrick (R-NC) $3,520

J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) $30,000
Eric Cantor (R-VA) $15,000
Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-VA) $5,000
Thelma Drake (R-VA) $5,000
Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) $5,000
Tom Davis (R-VA) $4,520

Phil Gingrey (R-GA) $25,000
Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) $15,000
Charles W. Norwood (R-GA) $13,822
Tom Price (R-GA) $10,000
Nathan Deal (R-GA) $3,245
Jack Kingston (R-GA) $1,130

Mike Rogers (R-AL) $30,000
Jo Bonner (R-AL) $10,000
Terry Everett (R-AL) $6,020
Spencer Bachus (R-AL) $1,166

Anne M. Northup (R-KY) $42,701
Geoff Davis (R-KY) $30,000
Ron Lewis (R-KY) $2,144

South Carolina
Henry Brown (R-SC) $5,000
Gresham Barrett (R-SC) $10,000
Joe Wilson (R-SC) $10,000

West Virginia
Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)$48,500 Capito leads ALL recipients nationwide

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) $5,000

Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) $19,282
Jim Bunning (R-KY) $10,006
George Allen (R-VA) $10,000
Richard Burr (R-NC) $9,981
Lindsey Graham (R-SC) $8,520
James W. DeMint (R-SC) $7,000


Do you know that her chief of staff

is a former Delay staffer?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Color me ignorant

I did not know that! Sadly it doesnt suprise me.
Thanks for the heads up Robert! You dont have a source or a name for that chief of staff do you?

Dear BlueNC-ers, thanks!

Foxx Delay/Hayes Connection

I was wrong about the title, her chief of staff is from Hayes, her legislative director is from Delay. Here is the information from The Hill.

“We’re getting to know one another, getting comfortable with each other,” said Deana Funderburk, Foxx’s legislative director, who spent eight years working as a policy director for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas). “I think there is a good energy in the office.”

Funderbunk, 29, whose father, David Funderburk (R-N.C.) was a served in the 104th Congress, graduated from Wake Forest University. She has volunteered on several North Carolina campaigns, including her father’s, and once served as the chairman of the Wake Forest College Republicans.

Richard Hudson, 33, is Foxx’s chief of staff. For the past six years, he was Rep. Robin Hayes’s (R-N.C.) district director and deputy chief of staff. He also managed Hayes’s last two reelection campaigns. Hudson claims he’s no micromanager. “I believe in giving clear guidelines and getting out of the way,” he says. “I see my role more as a facilitator.” Hudson is the former student body president of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he majored in history and political science.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

inquiring minds want to know more

This is just the kind of stuff I want us to start keeping really good track of. Thank you so much for posting this, jw. Now just keep it coming.

you bet!

There is a link on the post to the "full list"

Its got all the congresscritters in the country who took money from Delay, how much theyve returned, how much theyve given to charity, and...

...that they are ALL REPUBLICANS!

Your response it taken to heart. Thank you kindly :)

And I promise that the new Appalachian Voices blog , while non-partisan, is going to be the best in the biz for political, environmental, and cultural news in the Appalachian region!

If theres 1 thing Ive learned... that it doesnt matter what theyre thinking or saying. They DO what they want.