Former Lawmaker Performs on 'Dancing' Show

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A former lawmaker laced up his dance shoes and "hammered" out his routine for ABC's reality TV show Dancing with the Stars Monday night.

Tom Delay, also known as "The Hammer," performed for the first time with his professional partner Cheryl Burke on the prime-time television show.

The 62-year-old politician performed a cha-cha to the 1960s hit "Wild Thing."
     
The former Republican House majority leader is one of 16 celebrities on the show and was in good hands with Burke who is a two-time Dancing champion.

"I just busted out laughing because I was, like, I can't believe this old man is here on his one knee playing the guitar and doing exactly what I told him to do, no questions asked," Burke said after the show.
     
Delay suffered a pre-stress foot fracture during rehearsals last week, but said he was not going to let that stand in his way.

"Part of my success in politics was, I never quit," Delay said. "No matter what it is, I never quit. And I'm not just dancing just to have fun for one or two shows. I'm dancing to win!"

However, this is not the first time Delay has danced. He grew up dancing when he lived in Venezuela and even took Disco lessons in the 70s.

"I have to say I nailed it," said DeLay, wearing orthopedic shoes to help alleviate the bruising on his feet. "I felt good. My hips were working. Cheryl held me up and I really, I did it. I nailed it."

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