Tom DeLay on DWTS? Yes, it seems the former House leader is Dancing with the Stars these days. Who would have ever thought ‘The Hammer’ could be light on his feet? Read about it below as well as the 2009 DWTS Season lineup. Also, see photos and a video.

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Tom DeLay

The Season 9 cast for Dancing with the Stars was announced on Good Morning America this morning. The 2009 DWTS season will include 16 celebrities. They include: Singer Donny Osmond, reality TV star Kelly Osbourne, actress Melissa Joan Hart, singer Aaron Carter, model Kathy Ireland, former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin, snowboarder Louie Vito, “Iron Chef” star Mark Dacascos, model Joanna Krupa, singer Mya, actor-comedian Ashley Hamilton, actress Debi Mazar, U.S. Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin, ultimate fighting champ Chuck Liddell, singer Macy Gray and former U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Did you read that last one right? Tom DeLay? THAT Tom DeLay? Are there any others?

Yes, DeLay, otherwise known as the ‘Hammer’ for his hard nosed tactics as House Majority Leader, reveals a softer, gentler side. It seems he’s a huge fan of Dancing with the Stars and is excited at the prospect of being a contestant on the show. He even used his political acumen to lobby for a contestant in 2007. That didn’t go well for him or her.

DeLay says he’s been working out and preparing for the show. He’s lost 12 pounds so far and his whole family is getting into this big time.

“He’s been working hard all summer trying to get in shape, improve his flexibility, endurance, etc. He’s lost 12 lbs already!” daughter Dani DeLay Ferro, Dad’s former campaign manager, said in a message to the Sleuth via Facebook. “He’s taking this very very seriously and we are all sooooo excited! People probably don’t know that he’s a really good dancer!”

Daughter Dani said she’s most excited “for America to get to know the funny, caring man that I’ve grown up with and worked for. They won’t know what hit ‘em!”

Even the show’s host, Tom Bergeron, was shocked at the inclusion of DeLay in this year’s line-up. He said this year will be a ball room bloodbath. I wonder if he was referring to DeLay’s reputation as a no holds barred politician when he said that?

Can you believe that the former House Leader is Dancing with the Stars? Who would have thought it? Who would have thought he had a less serious side to him? Regardless, it’ll be fun to watch DWTS to see how Tom DeLay does. I’m betting he’ll be on a while, he is, after all, a mega pro politician.

Dancing with the Stars 2009 premieres on September 2009. Be there!

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Tom DeLay

Dancing With the Stars 2009 Cast Lineup – Video
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