U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay sent constituents a letter Thursday calling the prosecution against him the "politics of personal destruction," and said he has come under attack because he's been a strong advocate of conservative causes.
"Because of their decade of defeat, Democrats have now dropped to the least common denominator — the politics of personal destruction," DeLay said, using the same defense mounted by former President Clinton during his impeachment.
DeLay said the prosecution against him is part of a larger pattern of "liberals" using the criminal justice system against conservatives.
"What we're fighting is so much larger than a single court case or a single district attorney in Travis County," DeLay said. "We are witnessing the criminalization of conservative politics."
DeLay also called controversies involving presidential adviser Karl Rove and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist "attacks" on both men.