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ANDREA SEABROOK: Despite this, DeLay told NPR this morning that he's almost looking forward to leaving Congress.
TOM DELAY: I'm kind of excited that I'm going to be out there trying to unify the conservative movement. I'm going to be fighting very hard to grow the majority in the House. I can, I just think I can do it better outside the House than inside right now.
SEABROOK: Reaction from DeLay's Republican colleagues was somewhat subdued. House Speaker Dennis Hastert praised his work and said he's sorry to see DeLay go, and John Boehner, the man elected to replace DeLay as majority leader, said many House Republicans are sad today.
JOHN BOEHNER: Tom was a great leader, and while not everyone agreed with him every day, he was able to accomplish an awful lot on our behalf, and to see him being wrenched through this political rack, it's not fair.
SEABROOK: Democrats, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have been railing against what they call Republicans' culture of corruption in Congress. Pelosi says nothing changes with DeLay's resignation.
NANCY PELOSI: Every House Republican has been an accomplice to this corruption, because they have resisted every initiative that we have put forth to investigate the corruption that is here. They have chosen to ignore it because they benefit from it.
SEABROOK: DeLay told NPR today he had no idea.
DELAY: We didn't know any of this was going on, and it had nothing to do with me or the way my office runs. It's just unfortunate that our trust was broken, and I'm greatly disappointed about Tony's actions, but it has nothing to do with me.
SEABROOK: What do you think of the business that was being apparently run out of your office, and don't you see that this investigation is going closer and closer inside towards you in your office?
DELAY: I know you, the press has a hard time believing it, but the truth is, I am not a target of this investigation, Abramoff has nothing to do with me, and you know what? When I step out of the House, I don't have to answer those kind of questions anymore. And I've got to go. Bye-bye.
SEABROOK: Andrea Seabrook, NPR News, the Capitol.
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