Tom DeLay to Quit Dancing with the Stars
10/06/2009 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Sources tell PEOPLE that the former Republican House Majority Leader will withdraw from Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday’s live results show due to stress fractures in both of his feet.
DeLay was advised by doctors and the show's producers not to perform on Monday's show, but decided to go ahead with his samba with partner Cheryl Burke, saying on the broadcast, "What's a little pain when we can party?"
By the end of the night, though, DeLay told PEOPLE he was paying the price for the performance. "They're starting to tell me I shouldn't have done this," he said of his feet, which were dressed in orthopedic booties after the show. "I ice them. I've got a bone stimulator machine that I put on them."
The politician was lauded by the judges for his effort but did not score well, finishing second-to-last with just 15 points.
A rep for the show declined to comment. --Monica RizzoABC