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(Update) Former convict congressman gets new gig

Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Former House Majority Leader and one-time convicted felon Tom DeLay (R) is joining the Washington Times as a radio personality and columnist.

“I’m very excited about having a platform for a dialogue with the American people,” DeLay said in a release from the Times. “The Washington Times was always my favorite newspaper in Washington. It was the first thing I read in the morning. Being part of the Washington Times is a big honor for me.”

Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Credit: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster 

DeLay was convicted of money laundering in 2010. The conviction was overturned in 2013 by a Texas appellate court. He served as House majority leader from 2003 to 2005.

DeLay, 66, was also a cast member on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" in 2009.

The Washington Times recently added conservative talker Rusty Humphries as a columnist and radio contributor. The publication's senior opinion editor and gun rights columnist Emily Miller also launched her own radio program on Monday.

Update: We asked a Times rep for details on what DeLay plans to write about. She provided some an answer from Editor John Solomon, who said: "We expect Tom to write about a wide variety of subjects, including his strong-held beliefs about the importance of remaining true to the principles of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution and his ideas for how conservatives can go about winning elections in the 21st century. He’s a sensational strategic thinker and an expert on all things Constitutional, and I know our readers will love him."

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