The protesters were out in force at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where Tom DeLay was scheduled to speak yesterday.
Signs proclaiming "Dump DeLay" and "Exterminate DeLay" showed the theme for some who gathered at the University of Houston Clear Lake to protest House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's presence on campus
While trying to be heard over cries of protest, DeLay spoke at the UH-CL alumni reception held Tuesday at 6 p.m.
As DeLay entered the building before the reception began, he waved and smiled to about 100 protesters who chanted, "No way Tom DeLay."
"UHCL is spending money on partisan events," alleged Karl Silverman, who joined protesters.
Silverman and other protesters were given permission to gather in designated areas outside the Bayou Building because they believe the reception was a violation of UH's ethics policy.
"The reception is an implied endorsement of Tom DeLay," said Tom Gederberg, alumnus and protest organizer.
Protesters couldn't be held back by the glass doors of the building, and some of them paraded into the reception.
"You are a crook, you dirty schnook," sang Elizabeth Nash and Chris Landry during DeLay's speech to alumni.
Some university officials were shocked by the protesters.
"I've worked here 12 years and (we've had politicians in and out), but I've never seen this before," said Theresa Presswood, director of communications for UHCL.
Taking on Tom DeLay has a first-person report from a protester.
After sending 7500 invitations paid for by the University of Houston, for a reception honoring Tom DeLay, less than 100 attended, 50 of which were staff or worked at the university.
Outside in the hot sun were 150 enthusiastic protestors chanting "Don't DeLay. Indict today!" and "Tom DeLay has got to go". Three times as many protested Delay than those that honored him.
Also, only 2 elected officials from the city of Houston attended, no NASA employees or management, or any other type of dignitary.
Finally, another entry in the DeLay Must Be Worried files:
U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay threatened Tuesday to block congressional passage of a six-year transportation funding authorization unless the bill sends more highway dollars to Texas.
"I am working on the conference committee to guarantee that bill will not go on the floor of the House until we guarantee every state gets at least 95 cents of every dollar back that they put into the highway fund," the U.S. House majority leader told a lunch meeting in Houston of the Alliance for Interstate 69 Texas. "It's high time Texas highway dollars stayed here to create Texas jobs."
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