What would you pay to dance with Tom DeLay? Former House majority leader sells a spin around the floor for charity (PHOTOS)
If a "Spotlight Dance" with Tom DeLay was on your bucket list, you missed your chance Thursday night. The former House majority leader auctioned himself for charity at the Best Friends Foundation benefit at the Four Seasons ... and we have to admit, he's pretty smooth on his feet.
DeLay told us he picked up his basic moves during his childhood in Venezuela, and went on "Dancing With the Stars" last year (during his long wait for a Texas trial on campaign finance and money laundering charges) to improve his skill set.
"I never ballroom danced," he said. "I thought they taught you to dance. They don't. They teach you routines."
But he still picked up a few tricks. Former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating opening the bidding by announcing the "opportunity of a lifetime -- to dance with this stud."
DeLay, dressed down in black T-shirt, black pants, white jacket, grabbed the mike with rapid-fire auction patter ("What's the matter? You've never seen a fast-talking politician before?") and persuaded two women to pay $2,300 each for a turn with him on the dance floor.
The verdict: Interior designer Karen McLane said DeLay was "very good. Very strong lead, very easy to follow." Cheri Murphy, a pal of Best Friends founder Elayne Bennett, said she had "a ball."
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May 14, 2010; 2:47 PM ET
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