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Four Houston Stations Refuse to Air Anti-DeLay Ad

Jan 12, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Houston TV stations KTRK-TV, KPRC-TV, KHOU-TV and KRIV-TV were refusing Thursday to air a controversial ad urging Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, to resign, after the beleaguered congressman threatened to sue. Of particular controversy in the ad, sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future and the Public Campaign Action Fund, is an allegation that Rep. DeLay received “$1 million from Russian tycoons to allegedly influence his vote.” In a story on its Web page, Belo Corp.’s KHOU said that an attorney for the congressman had challenged the accuracy of the claim. A spokesman for Rep. DeLay did not immediately return telephone calls. But Toby Chaudhuri, a spokesman for the Campaign for America’s Future, said the group’s ad was “solid”-and that the group was fighting back. “Rep. DeLay is threatening to sue the media and desperately throwing dust in the eyes of his constituents,” Mr. Chaudhuri said. “The dirty tricks that got Rep. DeLay into this mess aren’t going to get him out.”