Michael Hedges of the Houston Chronicle buries it in graf 31 of a summary story about Tom DeLay’s troubles, but Laura at War and Piece catches it (and PBD picks it up from there):
Tom DeLay’s former Deputy Chief of Staff, Tony Rudy (“Staffer A” in the Abramoff indictment) is “reportedly working with Federal investigators probing Abramoff’s web of corruption.”
If the prosecutors have indeed gotten Rudy to “flip,” DeLay’s goose is well and thoroughly cooked. But it’s a little bit hard to believe that the Chronicle reporter scored such a huge newsbeat without noticing its significance. If it had been my story, the lead would have been “Tom DeLay’s former Deputy Chief of staff is now working with investigators probing ‘superlobbyist’ Jack Abramoff’s web of corruption, putting DeLay in serious legal jeopardy.”
I’ve written to Michael Hedges for clarification, and will relay whatever I get.