Tom DeLay's Quiet New York Trip Rep. Tom DeLay is the House Majority Leader and in many minds the most influential Republican in the Congress. He has made his reputation as a strong advocate for his ideas and a matchless fundraiser for candidates and causes. At one time he had planned to make this convention in New York City -- the richest source of political money -- the apogee of his fundraising career. But problems arose, and the man once called "The Hammer," shifted strategies. NPR's Peter Overby reports.