Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) said a day after his conviction was overturned that his reputation was not ruined, despite his downfall from Congress.
Asked how he plans to reclaim his reputation, DeLay said: “I don’t need to because they haven’t ruined my reputation, and the Lord knows who I am and I don’t care about that to be honest with you.
DeLay’s career in Congress ended in 2006, when he resigned from his seat after being charged in a money-laundering scheme.
The former leader, 66, was found guilty in 2010 and received a three-year sentence, though he remained free as his case wound its way through the appeals process.
A Texas appellate court overturned the 2010 conviction Thursday.
DeLay was considered one of Washington’s most powerful politicians in the early 2000s for his success in growing the GOP base in the House. He adopted the nickname “The Hammer.”
A Texas district attorney said Thursday her office would petition the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to review the appellate court’s decision.