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  • Murtha's wife urged to run for seat in Congress

    02/14/2010 12:30:06 PM PST · by cajuncow · 53 replies · 1,265+ views
    Herald Standard ^ | 2-14-10 | Herald Standard Staff
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The wife of the late congressman John Murtha is being urged to run for the House seat that he held for nearly four decades, a newspaper reported Friday. "While people have been mindful that this is a difficult time for the family, many have called to suggest Joyce as the perfect person to hold her husband's seat," Murtha spokesman Matthew Mazonkey told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  • Murtha Acknowledges He Is Subject of Ethics Inquiry

    11/02/2009 12:51:03 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 18 replies · 721+ views
    CREW ^ | 11-1-09 | Paul Singer
    Published on CREW's Most Corrupt Members of Congress ( Murtha Acknowledges He Is Subject of Ethics Inquiry By Paul Singer, Roll CallNovember 1, 2009After years of allegations that he improperly lavishes federal dollars on local supporters and campaign donors, Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Chairman John Murtha (D-Pa.) acknowledged for the first time last week that ethics investigators are looking into his earmarks.After the Washington Post disclosed a leaked list of Members being investigated by the House ethics committee, formally known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, and the Office of Congressional Ethics — including seven members of...
  • Murtha is open to raising taxes to fund a troop surge in Aghanistan

    10/30/2009 3:42:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies · 662+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/30/2009 | Roxana Tiron
    Rep. John Murtha on Thursday said he is open to raising taxes if President Barack Obama decides to send more troops to Afghanistan. “This is an expensive proposition,” Murtha (D-Pa.) told The Hill. “If we send more troops over, how are we going to pay for them? We should raise taxes.” In a subsequent interview on Thursday, Murtha said he is not recommending raising taxes, but stressed it should be considered. Murtha’s comments are significant. As chairman of the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee, he controls the purse strings for any troop surge in Afghanistan. Murtha wants an honest accounting of...
  • Oink: News from the federal pork investigation (New info on Murtha)

    10/20/2009 11:27:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 657+ views
    Harper's Magazine ^ | October 20, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    The Washington Post reported over the weekend on the ongoing federal investigation into defense earmarks, saying that it was “increasingly focused on a former top aide to Rep. Peter J. Visclosky (D-Ind.) who worked with the congressman on funding requests from clients of a powerful lobbying firm, according to two sources familiar with the probe.” The story said that the aide, Charles E. Brimmer, Visclosky’s former longtime chief of staff, may have “suggested to some lobbyists that companies seeking Visclosky’s help in getting Pentagon funds would need to commit to a program of donations to the member of the...
  • GOP Sets Sights on House Power Brokers for 2010 (Murtha Watch)

    10/17/2009 2:33:53 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 39 replies · 2,016+ views
    Washington Independent ^ | 10-16-09 | David Weigel
    GOP Sets Sights on House Power Brokers for 2010Strategists Portray Races as Signs of Democratic Weakness By David Weigel October 16, 2009 Reps. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), David Obey (D-Wis.) and John Murtha (D-Pa.) are among the congressional Democrats facing 2010 challenges. ( ..Snip.. ...Murtha’s southwestern Pennsylvania district, however, was the only one in America that voted for the Kerry-Edwards ticket in 2004 and McCain-Palin in 2008 — narrowly, both times. In 2008, Bill Russell ran against Murtha, raised more than $3 million, and briefly garnered national attention after Murtha said his district might reject Obama because it was a “racist...
  • Boehm Says Prosecutors Will ‘Get to Murtha’

    07/18/2009 11:24:40 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 16 replies · 802+ views
    National Legal and Policy Center ^ | 7-17-09 | Peter Flaherty
    Boehm Says Prosecutors Will ‘Get to Murtha’By Peter Flaherty 07/17/2009 In the wake of the indictment of Richard Ianieri of Coherent Systems International, for whom Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) secured earmarks, NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm has offered some thoughts. From OneNewsNow yesterday [1]: "These are crummy little firms. Many of them are located in Murtha's district. That's part of the game," he explains. "But if they have anything substantial to do, they sub it out to some real company and keep a big chunk for themselves. And out of that chunk they pay the political contributions that go hand-in-hand with...
  • Obama Says Gitmo Detainees To Be Transferred to Rep. Murtha’s Basement

    05/21/2009 10:35:25 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 18 replies · 621+ views
    CSB ^ | 5-22-09 | Staff Report
    Obama Says Gitmo Detainees To Be Transferred to Rep. Murtha’s BasementMay 22, 2009WASHINGTON - President Obama said that the prison at Guantanamo Bay will be closed despite the Senate’s refusal to provide funding to do it, and that ”money will not be an issue.” The President announced that Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania will house the first wave of relocated Guantanamo detainees in the spacious and well-appointed basement of his Johnstown residence. Last January, Murtha, an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, said that he would house the detainees in his district. “Sure, I’d take ‘em. They’re no more dangerous...
  • Uncle Sam and Uncle John (Murtha)

    05/14/2009 8:56:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 718+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 14, 2009 | Editorial
    Megadollar by megadollar, pressure keeps mounting for a House ethics investigation into the cycling of rich Pentagon contracts and campaign contributions through the appropriations empire ruled by Representative John Murtha. The latest disturbing tale is about Mr. Murtha’s nephew, Robert, whose defense subcontracting business lately has been winning millions of dollars a year in no-bid Pentagon contracts. The nephew insists “good work,” not Uncle John, is the key to his success. But e-mails obtained by The Washington Post show the nephew touting family clout. One message advises a partner that a condition for “keeping funds flowing” mandates that part of...
  • Murtha and Kuchera Industries

    01/23/2009 6:46:21 PM PST · by Psycmeistr · 21 replies · 784+ views
    Murtha Must Go!! ^ | 01/23/2009 | Leo Pusateri
    Murtha and Kuchera Industries: Follow the Money As I posted yesterday, The FBI raided a Pennsylvania defense contractor with strong ties to our very own Jihad Jack Murtha. What I didn't know was just how entwined our porcine earmark king was with the bigwigs at Kuchera Defense Systems: Over the last several years, Murtha, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, has helped steer more than $100 million in contracts to Kuchera, a government contractor founded in 1985 by Bill Kuchera. The company and its employees have donated more than $65,000 dollars to Murtha’s re-election campaign and leadership PAC, according to Federal Election...

    12/08/2008 4:36:32 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 18 replies · 968+ views
    Published on Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington ( CREW RELEASES 2008 MOST EMBARRASSING RE-ELECTED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS December 8, 2008Contact: Naomi Seligman // 202.408.55658 Dec 2008 // Washington, D.C. – Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its 2008 Most Embarrassing Re-Elected Members of Congress. The list incorporates those elected officials who have misused their position through illegal, unethical or just plain outrageous conduct.Members are not ranked, but rather listed in alphabetical order. The list includes:....snip....Rep. John Murtha (D-PA)....snip.... Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA) is an 18th-term member of Congress, representing Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional...
  • Murtha: Fund diplomacy, not AFRICOM (Comments on Haditha and Afghan surge)

    11/28/2008 9:55:37 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 32 replies · 979+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 11-29-08 | Steve Mraz
    Murtha: Fund diplomacy, not AFRICOM By Steve Mraz, Stars and StripesMideast edition, Saturday, November 29, 2008 Steve Mraz / S&S Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., left, talks with U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander Gen. Roger Brady at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center on Thursday. Steve Mraz / S&S Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., center, enjoys Thanksgiving dinner at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center with Navy Cmdr. Fred Lindsay, on Murtha's left, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Margaret Hill, on Murtha's right. Near the far end of the table is Landstuhl commander Army Col. Brian Lein. Also at the table were U.S. Army...
  • New Radio Spot Featuring Fred Thompson Airs Today (Murtha on the run)

    10/30/2008 11:30:12 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 8 replies · 641+ views
    JOHNSTOWN (10.28.08): Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) is appearing in a new :60 radio spot that begins airing throughout the 12th Congressional District today. The following is Senator Thompson’s portion of the just released commercial: “This is Fred Thompson. Whether it’s condemning Marines or insulting his own constituents, John Murtha has apparently forgotten who he works for. This year folks in the 12th District have a choice. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Bill Russell will be a strong, outspoken voice for families, fiscal responsibility and our values. Bill Russell will serve in Congress with honor as he served his country before.”
  • Murtha Looks Vulnerable

    10/30/2008 6:18:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies · 1,046+ views ^ | October 29, 2008 | Amanda Carpenter
    The anti-incumbent tide is so strong this electoral season it just might sweep out one of the most powerful bulls from the House of Representatives. Residents in Pennsylvania's 12 District have tolerated much controversy from Rep. John Murtha (Pa.) but his recent remarks about some Pennsylvanians being "racist" could end his 34-year Washington career. Murtha’s recent accusation that some voters in his state are “racist” has given his Republican opponent William Russell, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, some much-needed ammunition to unseat the incumbent. “There is no question that western Pennsylvania is a racist area,” Murtha told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette....
  • Murtha appeals to MoveOn for help(Sends out emergency SOS letter)

    10/29/2008 3:46:50 PM PDT · by Dog · 48 replies · 3,228+ views ^ | Oct 29 2008
    It's been an unusual alliance from the beginning and now Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), in trouble in his race to keep his seat, is appealing to his old friends at MoveOn to come to his rescue. The relatively conservative Murtha became a hero to MoveOn members when he came out early against the war. His military background and previous support of the war made his opposition significant. The letter asking for campaign cash doesn't mention what, exactly, got him into the trouble he's in, but refers instead to "swiftboating" and "the right-wing attack machine." "This is a real emergency—with just...
  • Taking Murtha Down?

    10/29/2008 6:07:14 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 49 replies · 1,191+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10-29-08 | Ashley E. Herzog
    Taking Murtha Down?by Ashley E. Herzog (more by this author) Posted 10/29/2008 ET After Democratic Congressman John Murtha’s controversial comments about his southwestern Pennsylvania District -- in which he called the voters “racists” and “rednecks” -- his Republican opponent, William Russell, has been gaining ground in the race. Voters are beginning to realize that the longtime congressman does not share their values, says Russell. “What Mr. Murtha did was attribute the lowest possible motivations to our voters,” he says. “The people in this area tend to vote their values. To say that they are simply racist because they won’t...
  • 'Rednecks' cracks may cost Murtha

    10/26/2008 7:50:16 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 63 replies · 1,567+ views
    POLITICO ^ | 10-26-08 | Josh Kraushaar - Commentary
    'Rednecks' cracks may cost MurthaBy: Josh Kraushaar October 26, 2008 09:40 PM EST Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), is in an unexpectedly tight race for an 18th term after effectively calling the constituents of his Southwestern Pennsylvania district racists and rednecks. Earlier this month, he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial board that “There’s no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area” in response to a question about Barack Obama’s prospects in his district. A week after apologizing, he told a local Pittsburgh TV station that “this whole area, years ago, was really redneck.” Both comments were captured on videotape, and...
  • Murtha on racism, the polls and Haditha

    10/15/2008 1:20:41 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 10 replies · 1,979+ views
    Video's from Murtha's visit to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. His opinoin on race, the polls and he stands by his earlier statements on Haditha.
  • EXCLUSIVE IN THE HADITHA CASE! Former Marine files suit against Murtha [Update #109]

    09/24/2008 6:34:51 PM PDT · by RedRover · 221 replies · 4,045+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | September 24, 2008 | David Allender
    Former Marine lance corporal, Justin Sharratt, files suit against Congressman John MurthaSecond defamation suit to be filed by a Marine who Murtha said "murdered innocent civilians in cold-blood". Sharratt is a constituent of Murtha in Pennsylvania's 12th District. Press conferences tomorrow. Developing. Story to follow.
  • Alabama congressman berates military spending panel chairman, Iraq war critic Murtha

    08/22/2008 11:51:28 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies · 249+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 8/22/08 | Ben Evans / AP
    Republican Rep. Terry Everett of Alabama unleashed an unusually harsh attack on a House colleague, calling decorated Vietnam War veteran John Murtha, D-Pa., a cut-and-run idiot. "Don't talk to me about defense," Everett, who is retiring at the end of this term, said during a radio interview this week. "Cut-and-run John Murtha is in charge of the appropriations committee for defense and he is certainly no friend of the military.
  • The Murtha Rules: A simple system to win federal money (Murtha Watch)

    08/20/2008 12:47:03 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 19 replies · 157+ views
    Harper's Magazine ^ | 8-20-08 | Ken Silverstein and Sebastian Jones
    The Murtha Rules: A simple system to win federal money By Ken Silverstein and Sebastian Jones Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania has long been one of the biggest porkbarrelers in Congress, and as the chairman of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee he is also one of the biggest recipients of lobbyists’ campaign donations. Which is no coincidence. When the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged that porkbarreling would be severely curtailed. But that hasn’t come to pass–no surprise given that old-time hacks like Murtha hold such powerful positions on the Appropriations committees. Murtha basically...
  • Russell team takes aim at Murtha's House seat

    08/11/2008 10:14:14 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 23 replies · 150+ views
    Johnstown Tribune-Democrat ^ | 8-10-08 | Mike Faher
    Russell team takes aim at Murtha’s House seat BY MIKE FAHERThe Tribune-Democrat August 09, 2008 11:39 pm — While Republican congressional candidate William Russell gave a television interview in an Upper Yoder Township backyard, campaign manager Peg Luksik worked a crowd of about 15 on a nearby porch.Her high-energy pitch included showing off several varieties of Russell T-shirts and urging supporters to each take two bumper stickers to better advertise the candidate while driving.“This really is a little-guy campaign,” she said. “Anything you can do, we certainly appreciate it. It does make a difference.”The campaign event last week, complete...
  • Dark Horse Challenging Congressman Murtha Turns Out to be a Thoroughbred

    07/28/2008 6:52:11 PM PDT · by RedRover · 123 replies · 1,235+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | July 28, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Two years after Congressman John Murtha ambushed brother Marines for reportedly slaughtering cowering Iraqi civilians at Haditha, Iraq he is embroiled in another battle--this one for his political life. His unlikely opponent in Pennsylvania's 12th District is an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel named William T. Russell, 47, a Desert Storm and Iraq war veteran who is barred by the Hatch Act from stumping until August 1 when his active duty stint ends. A Cinderella candidate running against the tide of Democratic hopefuls elsewhere, Russell is garnering national attention for his improbable early success. Speaking for Russell until he is free...
  • The Real Command Influence (Haditha-Murtha Watch)

    06/23/2008 11:13:53 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies · 102+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 6-23-08 | Russ Vaughn - Commentary
    Return to the Article June 23, 2008The Real Command InfluenceRuss Vaughn In dismissing the very dubious war crimes charges against Marine LTC Jeffrey Chessani, his trial judge, COL Steven Folsom, said this: "Unlawful command influence is the mortal enemy of military justice," COL Folsom was referring to influence within the Marine Corps command structure, specifically involving two officers of general rank. We should all applaud the colonel's decision as it would make no sense whatsoever for the Marines to try an officer for failing to investigate crimes that to this point several military courts have failed to establish ever...
  • Who's Too Old Now, Jack? (Editorial in Murtha's hometown paper)

    05/02/2008 11:19:43 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies · 77+ views
    Johnstown Tribune-Democrat ^ | 5-2-08 | Editorial
    Who’s too old now, Jack? The Tribune-Democrat Fri, May 02 2008 — Visitors to The Tribune-Democrat’s Web site were asked in a poll last week: “Is John McCain, 71, too old to serve as president of the United States, as Congressman John Murtha says?” With 556 votes cast during two days, the results were: No, 64.6 percent; Yes, 34.7 percent; and I don’t know: 0.7 percent.Murtha wasn’t the first person to weigh in on the John McCain age issue. He won’t be the last. But we wonder whether one day he’ll wish he hadn’t.“This one guy running is about...
  • Murtha says McCain too old to be president

    04/16/2008 8:19:05 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 68 replies · 61+ views
    apgoogle ^ | 04/16/08 | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. John Murtha said Wednesday that Republican Sen. John McCain is too old to be president. Murtha is 75, four years older than McCain. He says they are nearly the same age, and the rigors and stress of running the country is too much for guys their age. "I've served with seven presidents," Murtha told a union audience. "When they come in, they all make mistakes. They all get older." "This one guy running is about as old as me," he said, drawing laughter and applause. "Let me tell you something, it's no old man's job."...
  • Murtha Has No Time for Veterans of War on Terror

    04/13/2008 5:52:37 PM PDT · by flib · 49 replies · 1,390+ views
    April 12, 2008 | flib
    Tuesday, April 8th brought an onslaught of tan shirts to Capitol Hill. The Vets for Freedom Heroes tour stopped in DC to allow hundreds of Vets of Iraq and Afghanistan to visit with representatives. These Vets no strangers to missions, came with a new mission; Spread the great news of the progress made by our military in the Middle East. My personal hero, my husband was among the throng of those who had served overseas. After inspiring speeches by the likes of McCain, and a host of congressional representatives and Vets, [barely covered by the press] the tan shirts spread...
  • Murtha backing Hillary Clinton

    03/18/2008 4:40:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 589+ views
    The Tribune-Democrat ^ | March 18, 2008
    U.S. Rep. John Murtha today announced his endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “I’ve known Senator Clinton for 15 years,” the Johnstown Democrat said in a statement released by his campaign committee. “I know that she continually reaches out for opinions and ideas, not just from our nation’s leaders, but from all Americans.” Murtha is one of the most powerful Democrats in the House. But his backing carries added importance this year because he also is a “superdelegate” – an official who is free to support any candidate at the party’s national convention in August. Because the race between...
  • The Murtha Bash - Pork Crash

    02/26/2008 10:40:58 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 18 replies · 301+ views
    Americans For Prosperity ^ | 2-26-08 | Ed Frank
    The Murtha Bash - Pork Crash February 26, 2008 Ed Frank You may have heard recently that one of the most notorious pork-barrellers in Congress, U.S. Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania,is hosting a swanky fundraising dinner with a bunch of earmark-seeking defense lobbyists at the Ritz Carlton in Arlington, Virginia, tomorrow night. A couple of weeks ago our friends at RedState called for folks in the area to crash the party and now Americans for Prosperity is joining together with Citizens Against Government Waste and the National Taxpayers Union to hold a taxpayer rally outside the event. If you're in...
  • CAGW Names Rep. John Murtha Porker of the Year

    02/20/2008 9:35:46 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 26 replies · 102+ views
    Citizens Against Government Waste ^ | 2-20-08 | Press Release
    For Immediate Release Contact: Leslie K.Paige 202-467-5334 Alexa Moutevelis 202-467-5318 February 20, 2008 CAGW Names Rep. John Murtha Porker of the Year Taxpayers Are Not in His “Corner” Washington, D.C. - Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today announced the final results of its online poll for the 2007 Porker of the Year. Rep. John “Jack” Murtha (D-Pa.) won in a landslide victory, receiving 63.4 percent of the vote. A distant second, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) received 10.6 percent, while Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) came in with 9.9 percent, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) had 6.7 percent, and Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)...
  • Murtha prepares war spending bill, with conditions (Murtha Watch)

    02/08/2008 11:34:37 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 39 replies · 96+ views
    Washington Observer-Reporter ^ | 2-08-08 | Wire story
    Murtha prepares war spending bill, with conditions Associated Press WASHINGTON - A top Democrat said Thursday he is preparing legislation that would give President Bush the war funding he wants this year, but on the condition that troops leave Iraq by the end of the year. Rep. John Murtha, D-Johnstown, chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee, said he'll propose that the House vote this March on the spending measure. In addition to the troop withdrawal, he said he'll ask for other conditions such as that all deploying troops must be fully trained and equipped. Similar bills scraped by on...
  • Evidence exonerated Sharratt (Letter to local paper from LCPL Sharratt's father)(Haditha-Murtha)

    01/17/2008 10:47:00 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 36 replies · 64+ views
    Washington Observer-Reporter ^ | 1-17-08 | Darryl Sharratt- Letter to Editor
    Evidence exonerated Sharratt January 17,2008 This is in reply to the letter from Joe Farrell about Rep. John Murtha and my son, Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt. Justin was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps. Justin was and always will be a Marine, not an ex-Marine. Justin was exonerated of all charges involving the Haditha incident in a military Article 32 hearing (the civilian equivalent of a grand jury.) The evidence exonerated my son, and the general officially dismissed the charges because the evidence showed him innocent. Full disclosure of this evidence and the Article 32 testimony appears on the...
  • Do survivors of Haditha get apology? (Letter to Editor of paper in Murtha's district)

    01/02/2008 8:31:09 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 62 replies · 165+ views
    Do survivors of Haditha get apology?The O-R has joined critics of Congressman Murtha in demanding that he apologize to ex-Marine Michael Sharrat for saying that Marines killed innocent civilians at Haditha, Iraq, though Murtha did not name Sharrat or anyone else. Fine. And who will apologize to the families, friends and neighbors of the 15 or more civilians, including women and children, who were killed there? Or is that a concern here? Sharrat feels that his good name will remain in question, in spite of his commanding general's decision to drop the murder charges against him. Actually, he could request...
  • 'Invitation' to huge defence fraud (Murtha hits BBC)

    12/20/2007 10:34:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 149+ views
    BBC ^ | December 20, 2007 | Allan Urry
    Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have helped push US military spending to record levels.But as the nation's defence budget soars, there has been a series of procurement and political scandals surrounding multi-billion dollar contracts. There is mounting concern about the relationship between the Pentagon, the politicians setting the budgets and defence contractors - sometimes known as the iron triangle. Congressman Henry Waxman, a Democrat, who chairs the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, argues for urgent reform. "We need to restore transparency, efficiency and accountability to government contracting and nowhere is that more important than in defence." His committee...
  • Murtha should have apologized [Newspaper editorial in Murtha's district]

    12/20/2007 8:30:52 AM PST · by RedRover · 33 replies · 135+ views
    Observer-Reporter [Washington County, PA] ^ | December 19, 2007 | Editorial
    Murtha should have apologizedA few months ago, we expressed the opinion that it was time for Rep. John Murtha to apologize to Justin Sharratt. As our story Sunday mentioned, though, neither Sharratt nor his parents, who live in Canonsburg, has heard anything from the congressman. Sharratt was one of a group of Marines whom Murtha accused of having "killed innocent civilians in cold blood" in the Iraqi city of Haditha. The congressman's office later put out a news release that said the Marines had been charged with murder when in fact no charges had yet been brought at the time....
  • Lawyer in Haditha Case Plans to Depose Murtha [LCpl Tatum court martial]

    12/19/2007 7:58:52 PM PST · by RedRover · 63 replies · 890+ views
    Fox News 6 ^ | December 19, 2007
    The defense for a Marine accused in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians said Wednesday it wants to depose a Pennsylvania congressman to determine whether a general told him that the accused and his squad killed in cold blood. Jack Zimmermann, an attorney for Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum, told judge Lt. Col. Eugene Robinson that he also wants a deposition from Gen. Michael Hagee, former commandant of the Marine Corps now retired, to find out what he may have said to Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., and to Marines serving in Iraq. Zimmermann said outside a Camp Pendleton courtroom that...
  • Did Reid or Murther really call our troops war mongers?

    12/16/2007 5:04:55 PM PST · by Conservababe · 11 replies · 174+ views
    If they did say this, does anyone have a source?
  • Operation Good Name [LCpl Sharratt, Haditha]

    12/16/2007 8:42:01 AM PST · by RedRover · 20 replies · 108+ views
    Washington Observer-Reporter [Washington County, PA] ^ | December 16, 2007 | Michael Jones, Staff writer
    As a young U.S. Marine deployed in Iraq, Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt fought for his country. Now he's fighting for his name. The 23-year-old Sharratt is visiting his parents in Washington County during the holidays and preparing to move forward with his life. He served two eight-month tours in Iraq and was engaged in battles to clear insurgents from Iraqi cities. But an incident two years ago in Haditha that left 24 Iraqis dead and the ensuing military investigation have overshadowed his service, even though he was cleared of any wrongdoing. Murder charges were brought against Sharratt last December, and...
  • It's (Past) Time for Murtha to Resign

    12/03/2007 8:49:15 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 52 replies · 83+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 12-03-07 | Editorial
    It's (Past) Time for Murtha to Resign By FrontPage Magazine | 12/3/2007 With one comment late last week, John Murtha argued eloquently for his own resignation. In a video teleconference last Thursday, Murtha told his constituents, “I think the ‘surge’ is working.” Jack Murtha is remembered as the main opponent of American involvement in Iraq, who argued not merely against the surge but for an immediate withdrawal while al-Zarqawi still treated Anbar province as the beachhead of a new, pan-Islamic Caliphate. The Abscam unindicted co-conspirator has demoralized the troops for years by claiming the war is “lost” and can...
  • Murtha Fights Marine’s Defamation Lawsuit

    11/19/2007 4:28:44 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 99 replies · 90+ views ^ | Nov 19 2007 | Kathleen Hunter
    Lawyers for Rep. John P. Murtha will appeal a recent ruling advancing a defamation lawsuit brought against the Pennsylvania Democrat by a U.S. Marine under investigation for killing Iraqi civilians. Justice Department lawyers representing Murtha on Nov. 16 filed notice that they planned to appeal a federal district court judge’s Sept. 28 ruling allowing the lawsuit to proceed and ordering Murtha to give sworn testimony in the case. Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich sued Murtha in August 2006, accusing the 17-term congressman of defaming him during a news conference last year on the Nov. 19, 2005 killings of Iraqi civilians...
  • Army Vet to Challenge House Defense Appropriations Chairman John Murtha

    10/28/2007 3:17:48 PM PDT · by decimon · 35 replies · 133+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 28, 2007 | Unknown
    JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A career Army member left the service two years short of retirement to move here and try his hand at politics by challenging longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. John Murtha. First-time candidate William T. Russell, 45, a Republican, acknowledged that taking on a popular, 18-term congressman in the 2008 election will be "an uphill battle." "But it's one that must be fought," Russell told the Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown.
  • Acceptable Collateral Damage?

    09/19/2007 10:42:29 AM PDT · by Psycmeistr · 21 replies · 366+ views
    Murtha Must Go!! ^ | 09-19-2007 | Leo Pusateri
    From here: - If pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq results in "a bloodbath," the guilt will rest with the Iraqi people and not with the U.S. Congress, according to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a leading proponent of withdrawing troops. "Many have threatened that there will be chaos, a bloodbath, when the United States redeploys from Iraq, and this in fact may be the case," Murtha said in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Monday. "If they continue to choose to spill blood, it will not be on the conscience of the United States." And...
  • Cleland quits board of Murtha-linked charity

    09/19/2007 9:40:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies · 593+ views
    Johnstown Tribune-Democrat ^ | September 18, 2007 | Randy Griffith
    Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., has withdrawn from the board of directors of a beleaguered Johnstown-based charity founded by a former top aide of Rep. John Murtha. Cleland, a triple amputee and Vietnam veteran, said he has stepped down from the board of the Pennsylvania Association for Individuals with Disabilities. “I’m not associated with PAID,” Cleland said Tuesday. “I am not interested in pursuing that relationship at all.” Murtha spokesman Matthew Mazonkey said Murtha would not comment on the situation. The news comes barely a month after Cleland and Carmen V. Scialabba, PAID founder and a former Murtha aide,...
  • Murtha-backed charity involved in questionable activities (Murtha Watch)

    09/13/2007 1:27:08 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 15 replies · 586+ views
    Red State ^ | 9-13-07 | Michael Brady
    September 13, 2007 Michael Brady Murtha-backed charity involved in questionable activities Charity for the disabled spending donations on voter registration When Carmen Scialabba, the longtime aide to controversial U.S. Representative Jack Murtha, D-PA, was quizzed about his role with the Pennsylvania Association for Individuals with Disabilities (PAID), he snapped at the Washington Post’s Jonathan Weisman that "everyone's trying to make this a political thing, and it makes me very mad.” But a review by the Majority Accountability Project ( of records PAID is required to file with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suggests much of the group’s activities are in...
  • Murtha-linked charity coming to DC for shakedown (Murtha Watch)

    09/12/2007 4:09:43 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies · 431+ views
    Red State ^ | 9-12-07
    Murtha-linked charity coming to DC for shakedown September 12, 2007 Event led by Murtha’s longtime staffer, brother “Kit” Murtha’s lobby firm A controversial charity linked to U.S. Representative Jack Murtha, D-PA, will be in the Washington, DC, area later this month, where they will hold a pricey golf tournament favored by defense lobbyists and contractors, the Majority Accountability Project ( has learned. An invitation obtained by reports that the Pennsylvania Association for Individuals with Disabilities (PAID) will sponsor a charity golf tournament priced at upwards of $10,000 on September 24, 2007, at the Argyle Country Club in Silver Springs,...
  • 12-term Dem Congressman embroiled in missing money question (Culture of Corruption)

    09/07/2007 12:15:18 PM PDT · by enough_idiocy · 8 replies · 1,129+ views via Hot Air Blog ^ | 2:43 pm on September 7, 2007 | Bryan
    Politico also has the tale. The name “Hsu” does not come up. The name “Murtha,” however, does. The U.S. Navy wants a business owned by the family of Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski to hand over a piece of high-tech equipment bought with some of the $9.25 million in taxpayer funds Kanjorski steered to the company.
  • Murtha shows appetite for pork

    09/05/2007 11:49:29 AM PDT · by JZelle · 5 replies · 268+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-5-07 | S.A. Miller
    JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — The largess of Rep. John P. Murtha — hundreds of millions of dollars in pork projects over the years — is on display in and around his district in southwestern Pennsylvania. From the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport to the stretch of U.S. 219 named Jack P. Murtha Highway, the Pennsylvania Democrat leaves his mark with federal taxpayer dollars. The money helped build the stunted economy in and around Mr. Murtha's hometown of Johnstown, a Rust Belt community about 65 miles east of Pittsburgh, by cultivating a defense-contracting industry, transplanting federal jobs there and subsidizing public-works projects....
  • Marine to sue Murtha over irresponsible Haditha accusations

    08/30/2007 5:14:23 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 67 replies · 1,721+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 08/30/07 | staff
    Well, the Marine Corps investigator has now dropped all charges against 3 of the 8 accused Marines in the case, and only one Marine still stands accused of crimes at the scene. The others are charged with various after-the-fact issues that arose from investigations of Haditha, not the events themselves. Murtha’s aim, of course, in accusing the Marines of murder “in cold blood” was to pin the blame on Bush. But in the process of blaming Bush, he slandered those Marines.
  • They Convicted the Haditha Marines Without a Trial - Part I Newsweek

    08/26/2007 4:55:59 PM PDT · by Chickenhawk Warmonger · 18 replies · 434+ views
    Chickenhawk Express ^ | 8/26/07 | Chickenhawk Warmonger
    In May 2006 Americans were stunned to hear a sitting member of Congress proclaim that members of Kilo Company 3/1 Marines were guilty of “cold blooded murder”. Many Americans withheld judgment remembering the so-called slam dunk case against 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano, who had all charges dropped against him. The media, on the other hand, sensed the proverbial blood in the water. Not content to let the investigations and hearings run their natural course, the media tried and convicted the Marines in the court of public opinion. Even some conservative bloggers tossed the Marines under the bus – only to...
  • Yet another Haditha Marine to be exonerated!

    08/24/2007 11:13:12 AM PDT · by Psycmeistr · 3 replies · 189+ views
    Murtha Must Go!! ^ | 8/24/2007 | Gary Gross
    [b]Another Marine Deserves a Murtha Apology[/b] The Washington Post is reporting that Lt. Col. Paul Ware is recommending that LCpl. Stephen Tatum shouldn't be court-martialed. LCpl. Tatum is yet another Haditha Marine that Rep. John Murtha accused of cold-blooded murder. As such, Rep. Murtha owes yet another Haditha Marine an apology.
  • Demand apology from Murtha

    08/16/2007 8:50:07 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 49 replies · 1,741+ views
    Washington Observer-Reporter ^ | Aug-16-07 | Mark Russak-Letter to Editor
    Demand apology from Murtha I am a registered Democrat and a Iraq war combat veteran who served with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. I was deployed to the Al Anbar Province of Iraq with "Task Force Panther" from June 2005 to June 2006. I have experienced first hand with the same kind of attack those young Marines faced that day in Haditha. I know how fast judgments have to be made and what the rules of engagement stated. People from the left wing of our party have never been interested in that information. Now that the charges have been dropped...