Monday, June 26, 2006

Am I the only one fed up with John ABSCAM Murtha

How much press coverage can this guy get. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has him claiming that the American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran. This after he called our marines cold-blodded killers and has advocated the "cut-and-run" method for war stategy for some time (with a notable exception in 1991).

Indeed, in April 1994, Murtha urged the Clinton administration not to use military force to stop the fighting in the former Yugoslavian republics. http://asp.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/CandidateProfile.aspx?ci=462&oi=H

Of course, since Robert Novak recently reminded us all, Rep. Murtha was involved in Abscam. (side note, the investigated parties (one Senator, six Representatives.) were all but one Democrat -- and interestingly, Robert Luskin, Karl Rove’s lawyer, was in charge of DOJ's sting)

The names of the losers: Rep. John W. Jenrette, Jr. (D), Rep. Richard Kelly (R), Rep. Frank Thompson (D), Rep. John M. Murphy (D), Rep. Jack Murtha (D) (unindicted co-conspirator), Sen. Pete Williams (D)

As video made clear (from Winkpedia) Murtha refused the inital bribe, saying "I'm not interested. I'm sorry, at this point." Novak notes that he also boasted about his influence and "expressing interest in further negotiations."

In fairness, the charges against him were dropped in return, although only after he agreed to testify against Rep. Frank Thompson. Murtha was eventually cleared by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (House Ethics Committee) in 1981. It was, fittingly, a party-line vote in a Democratically-controlled House of Repubrestentatives that "cleared" Murtha. As Robert Novak recently noted, the committee's special counsel resigned in protest.

Murtha is continuing his sleazy ways, Roll Call (http://www.rollcall.com/issues/1_1/breakingnews/11329-1.html?type=pf) reports that the fiscal 2005 defense appropriations bill included more than $20 million in funding for at least 10 companies for whom KSA Consulting, a frim owned by Rep. murtha's brother, brother, Robert C. "Kit" Murtha, lobbied. Carmen Scialabba, a longtime Murtha aide, works at KSA as well. Murtha also inserted earmarks in defense bills that steered millions of dollars in federal research funds toward companies owned by children of fellow Pennsylvania Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D).

Now, why does this man have any credibility?

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