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DeLay, who was in Congress for 21 years, must still fight the Texas charges that cost him his post as majority leader last September. He will be long remembered for the big grin he struck in his mug shot when he was booked. "I said a little prayer before I actually did the fingerprint thing and the picture," he said. "My prayer was basically, 'Let people see Christ through me. And let me smile.' Now, when they took the shot from my side, I thought it was the fakiest smile I'd ever given. But through the camera, it was glowing."
Asked if he had done anything illegal or unethical in office, he quickly replied no to each question. Asked if he had done anything immoral, he gave the same answer and then caught himself. "Are you kidding?" he asked with a chuckle. "We're all sinners." DeLay said he has been overwhelmed by the outpouring from well-wishers--including, he said, some that "I really didn't expect even cared about me." But love has its limits. DeLay said he does not know of any Republicans who have invited him to appear with them on the campaign trail this fall.