Tom DeLay urges Dancing support of his “good friend” Sara Evans, not Tucker Carlson

When former Congressman Tom DeLay resigned earlier this year, Think Progress notes, he said he wanted to “pursue new opportunities to engage in the important cultural and political battles of our day from an arena outside of the U.S. House of Representatives.” One of those important battles: the competition on Dancing with the Stars 3.

Yes, “The Hammer” is tackling an important new project: Working to make sure that liberal cast members of Dancing with the Stars 3 are defeated by “a good friend of mine” and a “strong supporter of the Republican Party,” country singer Sara Evans. In an e.mail message to supporters, he writes, in part,

Sara Evans has been a strong supporter of the Republican Party and represents good American values in the media. From singing at the 2004 Republican Convention to appearing with candidates in the last several election cycles, we have always been able to count on Sara for her support of the things we all believe in. Let’s show Sara that same support by watching and voting for her each week to help her win this competition. One of her opponents on the show is ultra liberal talk show host Jerry Springer. We need to send a message to Hollywood and the media that smut has no place on television by supporting good people like Sara Evans.

Think Progress has a scan of the full e.mail message, which urges people to visit DancingWithSara.com and vote for her each week.

I have only one question. Do you think Dancing with the Stars 3 cast member Tucker Carlson is upset that DeLay isn’t supporting him? Actually, probably not, since when I was on his show last week, he didn’t seem all that excited about his forthcoming appearance:

CARLSON: It’s a reality show. Who cares if it represents America? I mean, boy, if–I mean, I’m sad there are people, you know, people of my ethnicity on ‘Survivor’ embarrassing themselves. You know what I mean? It’s like, who cares?

DEHNART: Well, that’s true. I mean, I guess–and you know–I mean, you’re going to be on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ so, you know, it all depends on the personalities of the people more than anything else.

CARLSON: All right.

Andy Dehnart, thanks a lot for joining us.

Tom DeLay’s New Cause: Conservative Takeover Of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ [Think Progress]
‘Tucker’ for August 24 [MSNBC]

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.