Skip to comments.Murtha P.I. on Trail of Challenger Irey
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.
What are you doing on the cpmouter?!? You should be out knocking on doors! ;-)
Don't bother me. I'm too busy trying to spell "computer" correctly!
Bump for Diana Irey and all FReepers and Lurkers directly helping in any way possible to defeat Jack Murtha.
And a bump. Star, I hope you liked the Magnum photo I included for you ladies. :-)
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
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.
Let 'em. That'll mean she's very, very close to beating him. :-)
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)
Morning bump! Were you dreaming of "champagne" last night?
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!
That really was a good show. I wish it were around more on re-runs.
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
Another day closer to the end of Murtha.
I certainly hope so. But it's going to take a team effort.
Do we need to drive to PA? I'm going through there in Aug.
In August will you be going anywhere near Pittsburgh? If so, let me know if you want to swing by the campaign HQ.