Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) speaks at the Heritage Foundation Nov. 3, 2005 in Washington, D.C.
Some House Republicans want an internal vote to elect new leaders this month, allowing the party to start 2006 with a new majority leader.
But this sets up tensions with the remaining current House leaders — starting with Speaker Dennis Hastert — who owe many past successes and even their jobs to Tom DeLay.
A Texas judge Monday dismissed one conspiracy charge against former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Still, the most serious counts in the indictment were upheld, leaving DeLay unlikely to resume his post any time soon.