WASHINGTON – House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (search) has been subpoenaed to testify in a Texas civil lawsuit related to his role in using government resources to track down Democratic legislators who fled the state during last year's bitter redistricting (search) dispute.
The subpoena was delivered to DeLay's lawyers in Houston on Wednesday after an attempt to serve DeLay personally failed, said Rep. Lon Burnam, the Democratic state lawmaker from Fort Worth who filed the lawsuit.
The subpoena calls for DeLay to give a deposition Monday.
"This is a cheap publicity stunt on something that has no connection to Tom DeLay," Jonathan Grella, a DeLay spokesman, said Thursday. "It's a frivolous matter that's already been rendered moot and everyone should consider the source."
Burnam said there is a "litany of questions with regard to misuse of public funds" to pursue Democratic House members who fled to Ardmore, Okla. (search), and DeLay's role in that.
More than 50 state House Democrats, including Burnam, went to Oklahoma in May 2003 to prevent the quorum needed to pass a congressional redistricting map engineered by Republicans and pushed by DeLay.
Department of Public Safety (search) troopers were dispatched to find the Democrats and return them to Austin. A division of the Department of Homeland Security also was contacted to help search for a plane owned by Democratic Rep. Pete Laney, which took some of the lawmakers to Oklahoma.