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Murtha Calls Western Pa. 'Redneck'
The Pittsburgh Channel ^ | October 20, 2008 | The Pittsburgh Channel

Posted on 10/20/2008 8:40:27 PM PDT by Gordon Greene

CHARLEROI, Pa. -- U.S. Rep. John Murtha is calling many of the people who put him in office "rednecks."

The news comes one week after Murtha claimed the area is racist, then apologized for that comment.

In explaining his comments about racism, Murtha told WTAE it's difficult for many in the area to change. Murtha said that just five to 10 years ago the entire area was "redneck."

Now Murtha said only certain segments of the population are holding on to those racist feelings.

Just days after classifying western Pennsylvania as racist, Murtha took a step back from those comments, albeit a small one.

"What I said, that indicted everybody, that's not what I meant at all. What I mean is there's still folks that have a problem voting for someone because they are black," Murtha said.

Murtha said the history of southwestern Pennsylvania is rife with racism.

"This whole area, years ago, was really redneck," Murtha told Channel 4 Action News.

Murtha believes there is one segment of the population which is holding on to its racist beliefs and he said it's difficult for them to change. Murtha said it may be even more difficult for them to vote for Barack Obama.

"Particularly older people. They want change but they don't want to see things go too far," Murtha said.

Throughout the Mon Valley there is a mixed reaction to Murtha's claims.

"I think he made a big mistake. This valley is not racist. Not at all," said Robert Gray, of Charleroi.

Maurice Taylor, also of Charleroi, disagrees.

"I think it probably is, couple people here and there. Like not everybody, but some of them definitely. Older people mostly," Taylor said.

Murtha said he was not surprised to see Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton win the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania and he said he didn't think Obama had a chance to win the presidency after that. But since then, he claims many western Pennsylvania voters have come around and he believes many voters have left their racist beliefs behind.

"It's better than it was a few weeks ago. It's better than it was a few months ago," Murtha said.

Murtha said he has taken a new approach to dealing with voters who are factoring race into the equation. He said he asks them if they agree with John McCain's healthcare policy or with his desire to privatize social security.

"I'm saying to them 'let's not vote on whether he's black or white,' Let's vote on what the issues are," said Murtha.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrat; gaffe; murtha; redneck; searchworks
Murtha can't seem to shut his trap... Guess if he got away with it last week, why not?
1 posted on 10/20/2008 8:40:27 PM PDT by Gordon Greene
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To: Gordon Greene
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?s=redneck&ok=Search&q=quick&m=any&o=time&SX=48fd09740b63c1cce04d5eb2a6362248489a6422
2 posted on 10/20/2008 8:45:15 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Gordon Greene

The only people to blame here are the idiots of his district who keep him in office. He represents them.


3 posted on 10/20/2008 8:46:01 PM PDT by Doug TX
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To: Gordon Greene

Corrupt pig!


4 posted on 10/20/2008 8:46:20 PM PDT by fuzzybutt
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To: A.A. Cunningham; All

Yep... did a search and didn’t find it, posted it then found it. Can’t put the Genie back in the bottle.

Hopefully an admin will lock mine.


5 posted on 10/20/2008 8:46:51 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Me... I'm ignorant but I do know this; God is our only hope!)
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To: Gordon Greene
Senility has set in.AWB
6 posted on 10/20/2008 8:47:03 PM PDT by Americanwolfsbrother (Its not whether you get knocked down but whether you get back up. Vince Lombardi)
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To: Gordon Greene

To Murtha and the Piggies at the Trough:

I AM JOE.

I AM A REDNECK.

(And I am YOUR EMPLOYER).

Honestly, the snobbery of the elites just never ceases to amaze me.


7 posted on 10/20/2008 8:47:12 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

It’s in the sidebar....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2110725/posts

;-)


8 posted on 10/20/2008 8:47:59 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR....Monthly Donors Wanted)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; All

Gracias, Amigo... I found it after I’d already posted.

Hail Mary... “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned”.


9 posted on 10/20/2008 8:49:51 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Me... I'm ignorant but I do know this; God is our only hope!)
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To: Gordon Greene

Fat Jack sure is taking That One’s “in their face” crap seriously.


10 posted on 10/20/2008 8:50:25 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("I'm just going to spread YOUR wealth around." - Barack HUSSEIN Obama a.k.a. Barry Soetoro)
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To: Gordon Greene

Murtha is a jackass, BUT Western PA is redneck. I mean that affectionatly too. I grew up there. I left the area 21 years ago, but still have ties there & I still root for my beloved Stillers, Pens, and the craptacular Pirates!!!


11 posted on 10/20/2008 8:51:40 PM PDT by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned)
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To: Gordon Greene

Keep your eye on Fat Jack.....


12 posted on 10/20/2008 8:51:54 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR....Monthly Donors Wanted)
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To: Gordon Greene

Isnt this the same area that vote FOR Lynn Swann?


13 posted on 10/20/2008 8:52:03 PM PDT by smith288 (Maverick - Barracuda 08! Http://www.cafepress.com/smith288)
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To: smith288


Murtha before plastic surgery. He is a cousin of the famous Punxsutawney Phil.

I have cousins in Bedford and Blair Counties. Murtha is a jacka**
14 posted on 10/20/2008 8:56:58 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Let's get serious - there is only one choice - McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: Gordon Greene
He'll be reelected.

FMCDH(BITS)

15 posted on 10/20/2008 8:59:15 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Gordon Greene

Murtha deserves the Ass Clown of the day award.


16 posted on 10/20/2008 9:00:39 PM PDT by icmdead (The Best Social Progran is a Job --Ronald Reagan)
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To: Gordon Greene

How unfair. That’s like calling all Pennsylvania Representatives a-holes!


17 posted on 10/20/2008 9:01:36 PM PDT by bigbob
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18 posted on 10/20/2008 9:03:53 PM PDT by martin_fierro (I Am Joe)
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To: Gordon Greene

If Pa. elects this butt monkey again, they need to quit drinkin’.


20 posted on 10/20/2008 9:12:15 PM PDT by odin2008 (EVIL TRUMPHS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING)
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To: Gordon Greene

Please keep it up.


21 posted on 10/20/2008 9:13:29 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: Gordon Greene
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22 posted on 10/20/2008 9:16:12 PM PDT by GitmoSailor (AZ Cold War Veteran====McCain/Palin 2OO8==My Mouse is a MOOSE=Donate to FR)
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To: Gordon Greene
I was just in SW PA this weekend (Somerset, Ohiopyle and Fort Necessity). Not so many Obama signs as I thought. I even drove by an FOE and they did not have a sign up. I thought that remarkable. Lot's of McCain/Palin signs. We ate at a very nice diner in Somerset; the kids bemoaned the fact that we left the Ruby Tuesdays and the Cracker Barrell behind for a taste of local fare. We scored with good grub and friendly service at the Summit, which I would classify as a blue collar working class diner. I couldn't help, but overhear one lady discussing the election; she stated that she didn't exactly know what all the excitement was about Obama?



We were also in a tourist center in Ohiopyle and I did observe one fellow with an Obama cap and a few Obama bumper stickers. They were the worst drivers.

I think it's horrible that the media get to tag an entire region with a label of racism. In my experience the biggest racists and most intolerant people that I have ever encountered came from the liberal worldview.
23 posted on 10/20/2008 9:38:05 PM PDT by incredulous joe (Keep yo hands off my pie!)
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To: odin2008

They won’t NEED to quit drinkin’.

Barry will take their Keystone Lite and their Iron City beer, when he takes their cigs and guns.


24 posted on 10/20/2008 9:40:25 PM PDT by incredulous joe (Keep yo hands off my pie!)
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To: Gordon Greene

My son was approached by union hacks at work tonight. They asked him to vote for Obama and my son said no thanks. They came back to him again to ask him to vote for Obama. The kid says no I’m voting for Mccain. He said they went apesh!t.
He’s teamsters and works for UPS in Harrisburg. If they are that angry they would gang up on him,there were 5 of them, it must be looking bad out there.They were out of staters. He ended up walking away. Thankfully his supervisor stood by until he left the area.It ain’t easy being a repub in a union shop.


25 posted on 10/20/2008 9:50:14 PM PDT by linn37 (Phlebotomists need love too.)
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To: linn37
Your observation was interesting as I just got off the phone with a retired member of the UAW. He related a call today from the union reminding him to vote. He said the caller did not ask him to vote for any specific candidate and explicitly stated that the union had not endorsed Obama.
26 posted on 10/20/2008 10:51:10 PM PDT by etcb
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To: linn37

Your son is brave. The union thugs are one demographic of the left that I simply do not mess with anymore. They are a nasty rabble.


27 posted on 10/21/2008 3:33:55 AM PDT by incredulous joe (Keep yo hands off my pie!)
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To: Gordon Greene

And I call him an old senile geezer that should retire asap!


28 posted on 10/21/2008 12:26:04 PM PDT by MadelineZapeezda ( MUST SEE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkgHkxIfgBc)
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