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Murtha P.I. on Trail of Challenger Irey
Observer/Reporter (Pittsburgh suburbs) ^ | 7/20/06 | Barbara S. Miller

Posted on 07/23/2006 8:51:33 AM PDT by Coop

A private investigator working for the campaign of U.S. Rep. John Murtha has been collecting information about his opponent in the congressional race, Washington County Commissioner Diana L. Irey.

"Everybody's talking about it," Irey said Wednesday, adding that she became aware that an investigator hired by the Murtha campaign was checking up on her in a county outside Washington a couple of weeks ago.

About the same time, a woman arrived at the Washington County elections office requesting copies of Irey's campaign finance forms in her county commissioner races and information from a statewide database that would show how often she went to the polls.

The database shows Irey as a registered Republican who since at least 1986 regularly voted in both primaries and general elections, most recently in the May 16 primary.

"There's nothing sinister about checking public records on someone running for Congress, especially when that person is not well known," Murtha said through a spokeswoman.

Asked if the investigation goes beyond the public record, Irey said, "That's the rumor," and claimed that the Murtha campaign has previously looked into other opponents' pasts.

"It's been done before," said Irey, a three-term county commissioner. "I was told when I entered this race that he's done that to other candidates as well. I've been investigated before. I don't have anything to hide."

Although news releases from Irey's campaign sometimes refer to its "investigation" of Murtha, she said she uses the word in a different context, meaning an examination of Murtha's voting record in Congress.

"We have not hired a private investigator," Irey said.

The 12th Congressional District stretches from the West Virginia line to Cambria County, taking in all of Greene County and about half of Washington County. The Johnstown Democrat was first elected to Congress in 1974.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2006; abscam; coward; cutandrun; iraq; irey; murtha; murthatheloser; murthawatch
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To: shalom aleichem

I doubt Ms. Irey is getting advice from those groups. They need to keep their distance from each other.


51 posted on 07/23/2006 11:42:08 AM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Coop

Apollo -- southern Armstrong county -- the county as a whole has tended slightly Republican but also has reliably supported Murtha. What are Apollo's trends in particular?

But yes, most people will be civil toward you if you are civil toward them....so positive feedback door-to-door can be misleading.....extreme negative feedback can be helpful as well.




52 posted on 07/23/2006 11:49:08 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Coop; Just A Nobody

Sounds to me that Jack(ass) Murtha is 'running' scared!

Or maybe he's getting some advice from Bill & Hill who like to employ PIs to intimidate those who told the truth about them.....like Juanita Broadrick, Linda Tripp, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, etc.


53 posted on 07/23/2006 11:51:43 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Annoy the liberal media....Go here to Help.......http:// ElectHarris.com)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Maybe Murtha has gotten some recommendations for PIs from the Clinton?

"Cut & Run" must be 'running' scared if he's resorting to a PI against Irey!


54 posted on 07/23/2006 11:54:43 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Annoy the liberal media....Go here to Help.......http:// ElectHarris.com)
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To: Coop

That ABSCAM tape will make a wonderful campaign ad. I hope she uses it!


55 posted on 07/23/2006 12:07:54 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: Fresh Wind
I see no reason wny she shouldn't. But I personally would save it until late in the campaign, for max effect.

Then again, nobody asks me. And probably for good reason! :-D

56 posted on 07/23/2006 12:12:03 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Coop

Happy Diana Sunday!

Any polling out yet? Even internals?


57 posted on 07/23/2006 12:23:09 PM PDT by IslandJeff
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To: IslandJeff

See my tagline


58 posted on 07/23/2006 12:58:46 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: RandallFlagg; mkjessup; PGalt

Bump


59 posted on 07/23/2006 1:01:31 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: jazusamo; Coop

I'd like to see his military record investigated.I suspect we have another John Kerry.

He's getting scared. He needs to be run out of D.C.


60 posted on 07/23/2006 1:06:54 PM PDT by girlangler
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To: Coop
Local observation today in Johnstown, PA:

Every Sunday across the street from our Wal-Mart, there has been a rag-tag group of local *ssholes from the college (no more than 10) with signs about stopping the war in Iraq, "Murtha is Right," etc.

Today, my husband and I were delightfully surprised to see a group on the other corner (3X the number of protesters) waving American flags and holding signs like "We Support Our Troops, " etc.

I was one of the naysayers regaring Irey's chances at being elected. To me, this bodes well for her. I hope she really sticks it to that gasbag.

61 posted on 07/23/2006 1:08:22 PM PDT by Siouxz ( Freepers are the best!!!)
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To: Coop

Does her district have a high number of young men and women serving in the military?

Remember these soldiers have extended family and friends. They need to be recruited to help elect Irey, to get the vote out.


62 posted on 07/23/2006 1:21:10 PM PDT by girlangler
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To: Coop

Dayum, I figured you'd just forgotten to change it.

They're obviously scared spitless, for want of a better turn of phrase.


63 posted on 07/23/2006 1:26:06 PM PDT by IslandJeff
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To: Siouxz

Glad to hear that. but she can't do it without your help. I hope you've been in touch with her campaign. If not, please consider it.


64 posted on 07/23/2006 1:47:04 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: IslandJeff

Nope. :-)


65 posted on 07/23/2006 1:47:32 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Siouxz; Coop; smoothsailing
Siouxz (Q?), Is there any way to get in touch with the Pro Troops folks from Johnstown who where counter demonstrating? I'd like to send them some signs and encourage them in other ways. Maybe even join them some time in the future? Who are they? Can you contact them next Sunday for me? I'll give you my direct email in a FReepMail.
Bump and Elect Diana Irey

http://Vets4Irey.com


66 posted on 07/23/2006 2:02:26 PM PDT by W04Man (Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign We Did It! NOW.... PLEASE STAY THE COURSE!)
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To: W04Man

Good thinking!


67 posted on 07/23/2006 2:05:28 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: TommyDale; dighton; trumandogz

BTTT


68 posted on 07/23/2006 2:29:35 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: shalom aleichem; Howlin
We need to work harder. Irey need not "hire" a PI. She has FR on her side. Let's roll.

We do have some talent in the area ;-)

69 posted on 07/23/2006 2:37:04 PM PDT by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: smoothsailing

Hey! How about dropping in for a visit? :-)


70 posted on 07/23/2006 3:41:47 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Coop
Coop,
Remember a few months ago someone was posting on Irey threads that 'they hope she has no skeletons in her closet' and then starting up conversations to 'see what people knew' about Irey's past? They were acting like they wanted to make sure she was 'clean', but looking back, it may have been someone digging.
71 posted on 07/23/2006 4:04:44 PM PDT by mnehring (Those who advocate, and act to promote, victory by Liberals (Democrats) are not Conservatives!)
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To: Coop
Always a pleasure Marine! What's up?
72 posted on 07/23/2006 4:11:17 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Support The Troops-Support The Mission--Please Visit http://www.irey.com--&--Vets4Irey.com)
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To: 4yearlurker
There's plenty of dems who are disgusted at the unions...particularly the steel workers. Fat cat leaders squander everything they can get their hands on and the little guy gets bupkiss.

A typical example is secluded historic Linden Hall outside of Perryopolis. Sweet little golf course, extraordinary historic mansion and great restaurant, hotel/conference center that could have been used to draw a nice tourist business into the area. Instead the steel union uses it like their private playground and runs it into the ground. Boots out people who have wedding receptions scheduled in the mansion. Takes people's reserved rooms, etc.
Yet they don't put the money into the place to keep up the greens and the facilities properly. In fact they took 3 enormous and stunning Tiffany windows out of the mansion's grand stairway and sold them to a private party for millions of dollars. These windows were constructed of handmade Youghigheny glass from nearby Connelsville. A real draw to history buffs, artists and glass aficianados, and now they're gone forever.

This kind of behavior has really cheesed off a lot of locals who live in the one of the most economically depressed counties in the state. The union has done jack for them, and they know it.

73 posted on 07/23/2006 4:12:00 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (*Support DIANA IREY for US Congress!* Send "Cut-n-Run" Murtha packing: HIT THE ROAD, JACK!)
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To: RedRover

ahahahaha!


74 posted on 07/23/2006 4:13:48 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (*Support DIANA IREY for US Congress!* Send "Cut-n-Run" Murtha packing: HIT THE ROAD, JACK!)
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To: Sisku Hanne
I have not heard of Linden Hall. The union tactics you describe does not surprise me a bit. I know Perryopolis and Connelsville well. Here in Monessen where I live is Union,Union,Union!! The steel mills are piles of twisted rusted metal. (I think "Robocop" was filmed inside the old mill buildings.) The coke plant on the Mon River is still burning the flame. Actor/makeup man Tom Savini is investing money in Monessen for his school. I see him and his Humvee every other week.
75 posted on 07/23/2006 4:23:06 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (12th district Freeper.)
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To: Siouxz

Just the kind of FReepertunity I've been looking for. Can you pm me with more details like time and an approximate address?


76 posted on 07/23/2006 4:28:26 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (*Support DIANA IREY for US Congress!* Send "Cut-n-Run" Murtha packing: HIT THE ROAD, JACK!)
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To: Sisku Hanne

And no sign of her yet! (Probably lurking.)


77 posted on 07/23/2006 4:33:55 PM PDT by RedRover (Diana Irey for Congress! Boot "Semper I" Murtha!)
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To: 4yearlurker
See what I mean? There's no reason why you shouldn't have heard about Linden Hall....half the people who live nearby don't even know it's there! If you click the link you can see the front entrance of the mansion where the 3 Tiffany windows used to be. They could have turned it into a goldmine and a real attraction generating lots of revenue from events, conferences, tourists and golfers. You can't touch a course like theirs for such cheap greens fees, it's just a shame it's not in tip-top condition. Still worth a road trip, though.
78 posted on 07/23/2006 4:44:39 PM PDT by Sisku Hanne (*Support DIANA IREY for US Congress!* Send "Cut-n-Run" Murtha packing: HIT THE ROAD, JACK!)
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To: Sisku Hanne
Thanks for the link. I think we'll check it out one day this summer. Do you think they pay union scale to keep up the landscaping and lawn maintenance?
79 posted on 07/23/2006 4:54:20 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (12th district Freeper.)
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To: mnehrling
Remember a few months ago someone was posting on Irey threads that 'they hope she has no skeletons in her closet' and then starting up conversations to 'see what people knew' about Irey's past? They were acting like they wanted to make sure she was 'clean', but looking back, it may have been someone digging.

Yeah, I remember. That was nothing but an amateur troll. :-)

80 posted on 07/23/2006 5:01:32 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: smoothsailing

What are you doing on the cpmouter?!? You should be out knocking on doors! ;-)


81 posted on 07/23/2006 5:06:01 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Coop
Oh yeah, wise guy, maybe I'll just knock on your door! :-)
82 posted on 07/23/2006 5:26:22 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Support The Troops-Support The Mission--Please Visit http://www.irey.com--&--Vets4Irey.com)
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To: smoothsailing

Don't bother me. I'm too busy trying to spell "computer" correctly!


83 posted on 07/23/2006 5:32:51 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Coop

Bump for Diana Irey and all FReepers and Lurkers directly helping in any way possible to defeat Jack Murtha.

Thanks.


84 posted on 07/23/2006 6:20:40 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Coop

BTTT!!


85 posted on 07/23/2006 6:30:33 PM PDT by StarCMC ("The word of muslims will never, ever override what our U.S. Marines say." - TheCrusader)
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To: PGalt; StarCMC

And a bump. Star, I hope you liked the Magnum photo I included for you ladies. :-)


86 posted on 07/23/2006 6:32:26 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: StarCMC

bttt


87 posted on 07/23/2006 6:33:04 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: Coop

I missed that, but of course I went back to look! LOL

I had an insane day, so I was trying to hurry thru and catch up. Mmmmm. Magnum PI good. :-D


88 posted on 07/23/2006 7:00:05 PM PDT by StarCMC ("The word of muslims will never, ever override what our U.S. Marines say." - TheCrusader)
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To: Coop
Murthacidal Bump

hope they don't find a shred of rumor in the skeleton closet and bring out an exagerrated accusation so close to the election that there is no time for a defense.

89 posted on 07/23/2006 7:11:15 PM PDT by KTM rider ( Support Our Troops Donate to Irey)
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To: KTM rider

Let 'em. That'll mean she's very, very close to beating him. :-)


90 posted on 07/23/2006 7:17:24 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: StarCMC
Over breakfast one morning a husband says to his wife. "I never knew you were such a fan of champagne."

She replies, "Champagne? What are you talking about?"

He says, "Well, last night in your sleep, you kept saying over and over 'Magnum... Magnum!'"

:-) (shamelessly stolen from a cartoon years ago)

91 posted on 07/23/2006 7:19:16 PM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Coop

LOL!!!


92 posted on 07/23/2006 8:11:17 PM PDT by StarCMC ("The word of muslims will never, ever override what our U.S. Marines say." - TheCrusader)
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To: StarCMC

Morning bump! Were you dreaming of "champagne" last night?


93 posted on 07/24/2006 4:58:33 AM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Coop

Ha!! Actually I slept so hard I don't remember ANY dreams! I was so addicted to that show as a young girl. I don't know whether I was more in love with Magnum or his car!


94 posted on 07/24/2006 5:11:31 AM PDT by StarCMC ("The word of muslims will never, ever override what our U.S. Marines say." - TheCrusader)
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To: StarCMC

That really was a good show. I wish it were around more on re-runs.


95 posted on 07/24/2006 5:13:28 AM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Coop

You're right -- it WAS in syndication for a long time. My kids love the older TV shows. Their current fave (and this completely cracks me up) is The Beverly Hillbillies. We have to TiVo that. LOL


96 posted on 07/24/2006 5:17:56 AM PDT by StarCMC ("The word of muslims will never, ever override what our U.S. Marines say." - TheCrusader)
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To: Coop

Another day closer to the end of Murtha.


97 posted on 07/24/2006 5:21:19 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: bmwcyle

I certainly hope so. But it's going to take a team effort.


98 posted on 07/24/2006 5:41:19 AM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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To: Coop

Do we need to drive to PA? I'm going through there in Aug.


99 posted on 07/24/2006 5:51:25 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Only stupid people would vote for McCain, Warner, Hagle, Snowe, Graham, or any RINO)
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To: bmwcyle
I'll be putting together a road trip for some volunteers. We're discussing a date right now.

In August will you be going anywhere near Pittsburgh? If so, let me know if you want to swing by the campaign HQ.

100 posted on 07/24/2006 5:57:35 AM PDT by Coop (No, there are no @!%$&#*! polls on Irey vs. Murtha!)
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