Tom DeLay, the former Republican majority leader in the House of Representatives, will be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" when the popular ABC show premieres Sept. 21. And,before you laugh or think this is going to be a joke, I know first-hand that DeLay, 62, can cut a rug.
When I called his home this morning after the announcement was made, his wife, Christine, said he'd call me back after he finished working out.
"Tommy is so excited and he's been working out to get in shape for the show before rehearsals even start," she explained.
According to his daughter, Dani DeLay Ferro, Tom has already lost 12 pounds from his new workout regimen.
Because the show stipulates that contestants not talk to the press about the program before it airs, I talked to Christine about how this surprising choice came about.