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Irey/Murtha go Toe-to-Toe
WJAC-TV (Ch. 6, in PA) ^ | 5/24/06 | Unknown

Posted on 05/24/2006 12:27:40 PM PDT by Coop

...Diana Irey and a busload of supporters headed to D.C. to demand Murtha apologize to Marines for recently accusing some of them of being cold-blooded killers.

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"Mr. Murtha's comments, I believe, were irresponsible and they put our men and women serving overseas in greater danger," Irey said.

Murtha recently said several Marines killed at least 15 Iraqi civilians in cold blood last November and said action should be taken.

While the U.S. military doesn't dispute the congressman's claim, Irey said Murtha is in the wrong.

"Being a former Marine himself, he should know they have a process in place to take care of situation that may have happened that should not have happened," Irey said.

"By coming out and calling them 'cold-blooded killers,' he's already tainted the minds and possible jury of those who will be hearing these allegations."

Irey's visit to Washington, D.C., comes on the heels of Murtha receiving the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for speaking out against the war.

Irey said she believes many eye the Kennedy family with suspicions and said she's never heard anything positive about the award.

Stay with Channel 6 News Wednesday evening as we cover this story from Washington, D.C. We will bring you more details on Irey's comments, as well as Murtha's response.

(Excerpt) Read more at wjactv.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Pennsylvania; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 12th; betrayal; district; iraq; irey; murtha; pennsylvania
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As a veteran I was invited and honored to stand up on the podium with Ms. Irey. She is an impressive speaker, and she really let Jack Murtha have it!
1 posted on 05/24/2006 12:27:42 PM PDT by Coop
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To: Jim Robinson; smoothsailing; freema; Justanobody; bert; W04Man; NYleatherneck; xpertskir; ...

Since the TV station is reporting Murtha will issue a response (I really didn't think he'd bite), I think this qualifies as front page news.


2 posted on 05/24/2006 12:29:06 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop

Get Murtha in public and unscripted as much as possible. He's senile.


3 posted on 05/24/2006 12:29:39 PM PDT by AmishDude (Everybody loves AmishDude)
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To: Straight Vermonter; Allegra; DevSix; Cap Huff; Dog; Ernest_at_the_Beach; NormsRevenge; GOPJ; Wiz; ..
Diana Irey called on Murtha for a public apology and retraction of his claim of guilt. The event took place at the National Press Club. There were 40-50 attendees in the room, with media from the Associated Press, Roll Call, Channel 6, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Probably others I didn't hear about.

After this press event, the bus headed down to the Lincoln Memorial for a secondary event. I did not attend that one.

Diana's husband expressed his sincere appreciation for all the online support they have received from Free Republic and others sites. Money is necessary evil in a political campaign, to get one's word out.

Donate to Diana Irey

4 posted on 05/24/2006 12:34:26 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: AmishDude

Thanks for the stellar advice. I've FedEx'd it to her campaign staff.


5 posted on 05/24/2006 12:35:40 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop

YYYYeeeessss!!!!


6 posted on 05/24/2006 12:40:29 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Coop; CMS; The Sailor; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; OneLoyalAmerican; bkwells; blacklions; ...

Diana Irey called on Murtha for a public apology and retraction of his claim of guilt. The event took place at the National Press Club. There were 40-50 attendees in the room, with media from the Associated Press, Roll Call, Channel 6, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Probably others I didn't hear about.
After this press event, the bus headed down to the Lincoln Memorial for a secondary event. I did not attend that one.

Diana's husband expressed his sincere appreciation for all the online support they have received from Free Republic and others sites. Money is necessary evil in a political campaign, to get one's word out.

Donate to Diana Irey
https://www.donationreport.com/init/controller/ProcessEntryCmd?key=L1M1P2P9O3

Coop




PING


7 posted on 05/24/2006 12:40:59 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support the troops by exposing the threats to them like hanoi kerry, Medea Benjamin and Code Pink)
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To: Coop
Thanks for posting this. The Washington Observer-Reporter (Washington, PA, that is) ran a story on this morning before her conference, and here is an interesting quote:

Irey's campaign spokesman, Jason Davidek, said Irey has been approached by several nationally broadcast programs to do appearances since Murtha's most recent comments.

I really hope that's true--the more exposure she gets the better, though I doubt she'd make it on the Sunday shows.
8 posted on 05/24/2006 12:40:59 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (DemonRATs- the CULTURE OF TREASON!)
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To: Coop

Thanks for posting this account. I'm glad to see Ms. Irey is combating the incredible lack of support for our military by a U.S. Congressman.


DIANA IREY FOR CONGRESS
600 PARK AVENUE
MONONGAHELA, PA 15063
724-258-2300
http://www.irey.com/


9 posted on 05/24/2006 12:41:41 PM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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To: Coop

Bump for a good cause, and please donate even a little bit of money to help Murtha feel the heat. His PA constituents need to hear what kind of jerk Murtha is, and this will only happen if he is forced to engage...

Mrs. Irey is the catalyst to get Murtha to have a "You can't handle the truth" moment.


10 posted on 05/24/2006 12:41:41 PM PDT by RobFromGa (The FairTax cult is like Scientology, but without the movie stars)
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To: PleaDeal; Landry Fan; BillF; Doctor Raoul; Jack Deth; gate2wire; bmwcyle; Albion Wilde; ...
Also in attendance - Justanobody drove up with her veteran friend, Craig (IIRC), and smoothsailing and his wife drove down from western PA.

It should be noted that Smooth brought EXACTLY ONE Irey bumper sticker, which he gave to justanobody! I am busy plotting my revenge.

11 posted on 05/24/2006 12:42:59 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Irey's campaign spokesman, Jason Davidek, said Irey has been approached by several nationally broadcast programs to do appearances since Murtha's most recent comments.

I heard rumor of one booking, but since I haven't been able to confirm it I'll keep my yap shut.

12 posted on 05/24/2006 12:44:13 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop
"Murtha's comments, I believe, were irresponsible and they put our men and women serving overseas in greater danger,"

Exactly right!

13 posted on 05/24/2006 12:45:01 PM PDT by Radix (Why do they call them Morons when they don't know so much? Shouldn't they be called Lessons?)
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To: Justanobody; Corin Stormhands; pgkdan; IGOTMINE; BufordP; patton

Ms. Irey from PA did what our reps in Virginia have not - publicly called on Murtha to apologize. And yes, I have contacted both Sen. Allen and Warner, as well as Rep. Tom Davis.


14 posted on 05/24/2006 12:46:25 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop

It's not a piece of genius. It's just that the key is to get him live. Don't berate him, don't look like a meanie, just gently put him on the defensive.

Whenever he's faced with unexpected questions, he barely says anything.


15 posted on 05/24/2006 12:47:59 PM PDT by AmishDude (Everybody loves AmishDude)
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To: patriciaruth; StarCMC; kattracks

Here's a gutsy lady sticking up for our troops!


16 posted on 05/24/2006 12:49:57 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop

Did Murtha get a blood transfusion from Kerry or visa versa? He should give up his military pension.


17 posted on 05/24/2006 12:50:25 PM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: AmishDude

Murtha sounds like he's dumb as a post. Agreed, make him look dumb without being too rough personally. Just hold him accountable, firmly.

If we can make it hot for him, it will at least be a morale-booster for Republicans around the country.
Might even teach our other candidates a lesson. Ms. Irey should be commended for her campaign, and supported with $$ and publicity!


18 posted on 05/24/2006 12:51:20 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws.")
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To: Coop

You shouldn't expect your VA reps to comment on every treasonous utterance by every moonbat dem. They wouldn't have time for anything else!

This is the job of Irey and of Murtha's conference. Why throw a punch at somebody who is beating himself up?


19 posted on 05/24/2006 12:52:21 PM PDT by AmishDude (Everybody loves AmishDude)
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To: Coop
Beauty (& brains) vs. The Beast!

Murtha has thrown his last knife into the backs of our troops. If the government won't do anything to stop this traitorous behavior, it's up to US to retire him. If the people of PA could do it to 14 of our incumbent legislators, then FReepers and patriots can do it to Murtha!

20 posted on 05/24/2006 12:54:17 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (Equal treatment for illegal aliens: the US should adopt Mexico's immigration policy!)
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To: Coop
Thanks to all you guys, America truly needs more activism FOR our troops instead of more agitating against them.

God bless.

I have given to the Irey campaign and I know she can reach the hearts of her constituents by simply standing up for the good guys and her country.
21 posted on 05/24/2006 12:55:10 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: AmishDude

It is a mistake to think the Democrats will do our job for us, even inadvertently, let alone deliberately.

Of course Republicans shouldn't comment on "every" treasonous utterance by "every" Democrat. That misses the point. Murtha isn't just "any" Democrat. He is a senior congressman who doesn't fit the Democratic stereotype. He looks and sounds like a regular-guy Middle American. And he's talking like Michael Moore and has gotten a lot of publicity. We can't let this slip by, shrugging it off with an attitude like, "Let George do it."

We're a team. Saying that it's someone else's job is the way of losers.


22 posted on 05/24/2006 12:56:40 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws.")
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To: AmishDude
You shouldn't expect your VA reps to comment on every treasonous utterance by every moonbat dem.

I expect my VA representatives to publicly defend smears of the very military they sent into combat. This isn't simply a Pennsylvania race, not by a long shot. Murtha made sure of that months ago.

23 posted on 05/24/2006 12:57:23 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: roses of sharon

I checked out her website. She's cute, too.
This is often said of women candidates and politicians. But she really is. This can only help.


24 posted on 05/24/2006 12:57:34 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws.")
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To: Coop
After a member of Murtha's staff hung up on me, a friend suggested I fax a copy of my check to the, "Diana Irey for Congress" campaign to Murtha's office. I'm not sure our fax machine is working, but I think it would be choice if Murtha knew how many people were opposed to his deceitfulness.
25 posted on 05/24/2006 12:57:37 PM PDT by PeskyOne
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To: Coop

Mega-dittoes, Coop.


26 posted on 05/24/2006 12:58:11 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws.")
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To: roses of sharon; smoothsailing
Your screen name gave me a funny visual. Ms. Irey was at the podium, with maybe 10 of us frumpy male veterans on the platform behind her.

She was certainly a rose among thorns. :-)

27 posted on 05/24/2006 12:59:11 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: PeskyOne
After a member of Murtha's staff hung up on me, a friend suggested I fax a copy of my check to the, "Diana Irey for Congress" campaign to Murtha's office.

Good idea. But blacken the account number. Lord knows what those liberals might do with your check! :-D

28 posted on 05/24/2006 1:00:52 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: California Patriot
I checked out her website. She's cute, too.

Yes (her hair is darker than in the photos), and friendly and articulate. She's also very petite. So the toe-to-toe title of the article gives me a chuckle, as Murtha ain't exactly svelte!

29 posted on 05/24/2006 1:03:46 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop
I'm a distant observer (Florida) and I really admire the progress you are making with her campaign.

I'm pretty sure the libs thought Murtha was in a "safe" district so they could let him mouth off and be an A$$ and nothing would happen.

If I were Murtha right now, I'd be feeling like Wile E. Coyote when he finds out he has walked off the cliff but, somehow, hasn't fallen yet.

*Occasionally he even has time to hold up a little "oops" sign.

30 posted on 05/24/2006 1:04:26 PM PDT by capt. norm (W.C. Fields: "Hollywood is the gold cap on a tooth that should have been pulled out years ago.")
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To: Coop
I hope if she does appear that she gives NO quarter to the enemy, Murtha. None, no weasel words about his service, his "right" to speak out ect.

She must repeatedly seek to let our troops with boots on the ground know that we love them, that we are proud of them, that we know what difficulties they face, and we know their accomplishments.

The MSM cannot frame the debate, Murtha must be smashed as the cold-hearted bastard he is.
31 posted on 05/24/2006 1:05:04 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: California Patriot
OK, I'm going to give you a quick course in the manipulation of people. Which do you think will get Diana Irey more votes?
  1. "Congressman Murtha, how dare you, you oxygen thief, even think of smearing our great men and women in the US armed forces? No wonder the Marine corps didn't make you a general after over 35 years, you mushy headed nitwit!"
  2. "Congressman Murtha, I am sad and disappointed that you have chosen to criticize our armed forces at this time. With your distinguished record of service, you should know full well that the fog of war distorts the circumstances of the dangerous job our courageous fighting forces are doing."
The second sounds Daschle-esque but it works on the lazy voter. I've seen it too many times. Republican congressmen are better off saying nothing. Otherwise, people will sympathize with the poor old man.

Never mind that if he can't handle a little verbal abuse he shouldn't be in Congress, this is the way the elderly, socially-conservative, third-generation-union voters in his district will see it.

32 posted on 05/24/2006 1:05:57 PM PDT by AmishDude (Everybody loves AmishDude)
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To: capt. norm
I'm a distant observer (Florida) and I really admire the progress you are making with her campaign.

:-) Thanks, but I'm just a distant observer as well, in northern Virginia. However, her campaign was kind enough to road trip into my neck of the woods, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I am impressed with Ms. Irey, but admittedly don't know that much about her. However, I am irate with Murtha's embarassing conduct and betrayal of the very Marine flag he often drapes over his shoulders (figuratively speaking). So I am channeling my anger at that EX-Marine into support for his worthy and feisty opponent.

33 posted on 05/24/2006 1:07:36 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: PeskyOne

....I think it would be choice if Murtha knew how many people were opposed to his deceitfulness.....

They know!!

Earlier when the vote was held on the "Murtha Bill" I tried to fax him a scathing note. I had my fax on autodial for 5 days before it finally got through.

Sending him a fax was like dialing votes in to American Idol....... busy busy busy.


I am enthused by this thread and sincerely hope we can generate a swell of FReeper national support for the lady.

Hats off to Coop. A leader was needed and he arose!!


34 posted on 05/24/2006 1:07:57 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: Coop

Trust me when I tell you this: If Republican Congressman say nothing about him, don't respond, etc., we are much more likely to get rid of Murtha. He'll appear to be the screaming, nutty, senile moonbat that he is. Ya gotta be Machiavellian about this.


35 posted on 05/24/2006 1:08:49 PM PDT by AmishDude (Everybody loves AmishDude)
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To: capt. norm
I'm pretty sure the libs thought Murtha was in a "safe" district so they could let him mouth off and be an A$$ and nothing would happen. If I were Murtha right now, I'd be feeling like Wile E. Coyote when he finds out he has walked off the cliff but, somehow, hasn't fallen yet.

Cute analogy. :-) However, Murtha still has a daunting lead in money raised and cash on hand. Diana Irey doesn't need to catch him, but she does need more money. If she scores an interview or two on Rush, Hannity, Brit Hume, whatever, the gap could IMHO close substantially.

And the funds they've raised over the past week, thanks to Murtha's verbal vomit and places like Free Republic, have been significant.

36 posted on 05/24/2006 1:09:57 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT


37 posted on 05/24/2006 1:10:47 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: AmishDude
Never mind that if he can't handle a little verbal abuse he shouldn't be in Congress, this is the way the elderly, socially-conservative, third-generation-union voters in his district will see it.

That district voted 49% for Bush in 2004. I don't think they'll be taking too kindly to his public proclamations of guilt and military failures.

38 posted on 05/24/2006 1:11:56 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Diva Betsy Ross; AZamericonnie; Justanobody; Deetes; Lijahsbubbe; ..
she really let Jack Murtha have it!


Bump!
Ping!
39 posted on 05/24/2006 1:12:53 PM PDT by Gucho
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To: bert; smoothsailing
Hats off to Coop. A leader was needed and he arose!!

Thanks Bert, but you're too kind. Smoothsailing has been at the tip of this Irey spear from Day One.

40 posted on 05/24/2006 1:13:09 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: Coop
Diana's husband expressed his sincere appreciation for all the online support they have received from Free Republic and others sites. Money is necessary evil in a political campaign, to get one's word out.

Woo Hoo!!!

Thank you Freepers!

41 posted on 05/24/2006 1:15:23 PM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: AmishDude
Ya gotta be Machiavellian about this.

Now take off your political hat and put on your combat helmet. You're taking fire downrange, and some iditioc Congressman is publicly proclaiming your mission a failure and then declaring your fellow Marines/servicemembers have committed cold-blooded murder. You await the response of your disgusted political representatives, the media, etc. It never comes.

Talk about damaging morale.

This really isn't about politics to me. But politically punishing Murtha with the loss of his seat is the best message I can think of to send to our folks on the battlefield and deployed throughout the globe. Not to mention our enemies at home and abroad.

42 posted on 05/24/2006 1:16:27 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: AmishDude

"Congressman Murtha, how dare you, you oxygen thief, even think of smearing our great men and women in the US armed forces? No wonder the Marine corps didn't make you a general after over 35 years, you mushy headed nitwit!"

"Congressman Murtha, I am sad and disappointed that you have chosen to criticize our armed forces at this time. With your distinguished record of service, you should know full well that the fog of war distorts the circumstances of the dangerous job our courageous fighting forces are doing."

Congressman Murtha, I am sad and disappointed that you have chosen to criticize our armed forces at this time. With your distinguished record of service, it's a shame that no one has facilitated having your head injury addressed in some VA hospital.


43 posted on 05/24/2006 1:16:46 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: AmishDude

I really don't know what you're saying here, Dude.

Are you recommending Number 1? I think it's too harsh, but toned down just a little, I'd go with it. Number 2 isn't very clear, so I don't see how it works on the "lazy voter," who certainly can't understand anything that isn't clear.

In any case, we are never better off "saying nothing." Saying nothing is the usual GOP response, and look where it's gotten us.

Of course the message has to be crafted with the dimwit voters in mind. But the stupider they are, the more important it is to communicate well, and not to "say nothing."

My little "quick course" for you.


44 posted on 05/24/2006 1:21:17 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws.")
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To: Coop

Western PA is a strange place. The people there are more conservative than, say, the midwest, but because daddy (or, more often now, granddaddy) worked for the union, they can't manage to pull the R lever. The D's are for the working man 'n'at.

His district is emblematic of that. If you abuse Murtha too much, they will tune out. They'll just figure the nice old man is being beaten up by meanie Republicans and they'll vote for him again. His district is also an older-skewing district that remembers the steel days fondly and are disconnected from the fact that their kids don't work in the steel mills anymore because people like Murtha made it too expensive to have steel mills in PA.

You must understand that you could show them videotape of Murtha saying something and they will believe he never said it if Murtha denies it afterwards.

I am a bit pessimistic about Irey's chances. It's an uphill battle, but she's really fighting. I think she can do it, but it will take a light touch and she has to play up every tick in the polls she makes. She has to make herself look inevitable and be a "sweet young lady".


45 posted on 05/24/2006 1:22:44 PM PDT by AmishDude (Everybody loves AmishDude)
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To: AmishDude

It is wrong to let remarks like his go without reply. Don't have to reply in kind, but can't let it pass.


46 posted on 05/24/2006 1:22:59 PM PDT by RobbyS ( CHIRHO)
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To: TET1968; California Patriot; AmishDude; Mo1; Justanobody
I have not yet found the transcripts of her remarks, so I won't attempt to recreate them. But at one point Diana did say that Ted Bundy received his day in court, and Zacarias Moussaoui was afforded due process, but apparently Rep. Murtha did not feel our Marines rated the same.

That's just my fuzzy recollection, but it was a nice, powerful point.

47 posted on 05/24/2006 1:24:18 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: AmishDude
Western PA is a strange place. The people there are more conservative than, say, the midwest, but because daddy (or, more often now, granddaddy) worked for the union, they can't manage to pull the R lever.

So I've heard before. Yet nobody seems to be able to reconcile that claim with Bush's 49% in 2004.

48 posted on 05/24/2006 1:26:01 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: TET1968
didn't make you a general after over 35 years

Ouch, I never made admiral either and, except for the money, didn't want the job and especially didn't want the desk. Sometimes what looks like a "promotion" can be a curse.

All of which has nothing to do with the subject at hand.

49 posted on 05/24/2006 1:26:58 PM PDT by capt. norm (W.C. Fields: "Hollywood is the gold cap on a tooth that should have been pulled out years ago.")
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother; Graybeard58

Ping


50 posted on 05/24/2006 1:27:18 PM PDT by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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