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Ticket Replay: Strutting Tom Delay goes 'wild' on Dancing with the Stars

Tom Wild Thing Delay

As the holidays unfold, The Ticket's thoughts turn to a little undeserved time off. So we're re-publishing some of our favorite or most-read items from 2009. This item originally appeared on Sept. 23.

We hardly know what to say. Yes, that’s Tom DeLay, the former Texas Republican congressman, making his debut Tuesday night on ABC’s "Dancing With the Stars." With partner Cheryl Burke, he danced the cha cha cha to — and we’re not making this up — "Wild Thing."

On the show’s busy website, DeLay is quoted as saying, “One thing I wasn’t prepared for in learning to dance was getting in touch with my feminine side.” We weren't prepared for that either. Remember, this is the guy whose hardball tactics as a lawmaker earned him the nickname “The Hammer.”

Said judge Bruno Tonioli: "You're crazier than Sarah Palin."

Click to the jump for another photo of DeLay in action.

Tom Delay Cha Cha Cha

-- Steve Padlla 

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Photos: DeLay solo and with dance partner Cheryl Burke. Credit: Associated Press

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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