Murtha Dead at 77

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Congressman John Murtha (D-Penn) died today, at age 77, of complications from gallbladder surgery.
A critic of the U. S. war in Iraq, Murtha routinely drew the attention of ethical watchdogs with off-the-floor activities from his entanglement in the Abscam corruption probe three decades ago to the more recent scrutiny of the connection between special-interest spending known as earmarks and the raising of cash for campaigns.
In the Abscam corruption probe, the FBI caught Murtha on videotape in a 1980 sting operation turning down a $50,000 bribe offer while holding out the possibility that he might take money in the future. “We do business for a while, maybe I’ll be interested and maybe I won’t,” Murtha said on the tape. Six congressmen and one senator were convicted in that case. Murtha was not charged, but the government named him as an unindicted co-conspirator and he testified against two other congressmen.
In 2007 and 2008, Murtha and two fellow Democrats on the subcommittee directed $137 million to defense contractors who were paying PMA to get them government business. Between 1989 and 2009, Murtha collected more than $2.3 million in campaign contributions from PMA’s lobbyists and corporate clients, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political money.
A close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif), Murtha had the distinction of being named one of the ten most corrupt politicians in 2009 by Judicial Watch.
According to the Washington Post, Murtha’s death means there will be a special election in western Pennsylvania 12th district, which most likely will be held on May 18. The special election will be seriously contested because the 12th was a “swing” district, being the only one in the country won by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004 and by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in 2008. Pennsylvania is shaping up to be the most competitive state in the country when it comes to the battle for the House this November. Republicans will target the 4th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th and 12th districts while Democrats see opportunity in the 6th and 15th.

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9 responses to “Murtha Dead at 77

  1. Let’s just say that he was a corrupt, bribe taking, military hating ex-marine/congressman that the country is better off without. Sorry that’s the best I can say about this man.

  2. This is Dave not speaking ill of the dead.

  3. My condolences to his family.

  4. Not the way I wanted him to leave the seat. With that said his words and deeds hurt a lot of our military men and women and his actions in the public sector was worse. I won’t wish that he burn in hell for all eternity but kitchen duty in heaven for a while would bring a smile to my face.

  5. Will, I understand where you’re coming from. Ah, yes, KP. That is a good punishment.

  6. He’s a former Marine who lost his way, caught up in the progressive political machine. I do not forgive his Haditha charade, but on this day I’ll hope that he rests in peace.

  7. Rest in Peace, condolences to his family.
    Thank You Karma.


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