Ronnie Earle is the long-time Travis County District Attorney who has been heading up the investigation into Tom DeLay and his cronies' abuses of Texas campaign financing laws. With the House GOP's sleazy actions to attempt to save DeLay's neck getting some flack in the press, DeLay and friends have launched a predictably vicious counter-attack against Earle.
Mark Kleiman asks "Who's got Ronnie Earle's back?":
Is anyone rallying the law enforcement folks behind Ronnie Earle?
I've only met him at a few conferences, but I know his reputation, and he rates about as high on professionalism as any D.A. in the country. But that doesn't mean that Earle won't get spattered by the current slime-and-defend if people don't speak out for him.
We all need to stand up for Earle. NPR last night actually did a great take down on the GOP's slander of Earle, pointing out very prominently how, back when Texas was controlled by Democrats, Earle was known for his prosecutions of abuses by Dem politicians. But we can't expect the rest of the media to actually bother to look up, much less present, the facts. So we need to let them know.