John Murtha dies at 77 – POLITICO.com


Rep. John Murtha, a Vietnam veteran who became one of the most powerful members of the House serving four decades representing western Pennsylvania, has died at 77.Murtha was the longest serving member of the Pennsylvania delegation — a milestone he passed just this past Saturday. He had been hospitalized in recent weeks with a gall bladder infection and died Monday afternoon at Virginia Hospital Center at 1:18 p.m., his office said in a statement.Murtha was chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, and from that perch he controlled billions in Pentagon spending and was one of the most respected voices on military policy. Murtha was well liked on both sides of the aisle, often holding court in the back of the House chamber in what was known as “Murtha’s Corner.”Critics derided Murtha as an unreformed pork barrel spender, and Murtha was unapologetic about steering federal money to his home district, a region of Pennsylvania hard hit by the loss of coal and steel jobs through the 1970s and '80s.He was very close to Speaker Nancy Pelosi D-Calif., both having served on the Appropriations Committee. Pelosi supported Murtha for majority leader in 2006 over Steny Hoyer of Maryland, but Hoyer prevailed.Murtha made a national name for himself in 2005 by becoming one of the more hawkish members of the Democratic caucus to revoke his support of the Iraq war, which he had voted for in 2002. It was Murtha’s change of heart that inspired many Democrats to follow, marking a turning point in public support for the Iraq war.

via John Murtha dies at 77 – Martin Kady II – POLITICO.com.

  • Bruce

    " Murtha was well liked on both sides of the aisle, often holding court in the back of the House chamber in what was known as “Murtha’s Corner.”

    "Well liked?" Murtha disgraced himself by his unsubstantiated, and later disproven, accusations of brutality by Marines in Iraq. After month's of imprisonment without specific charges these Marines were all eventually exonerated in court after long, costly and mentally debilitating trials. This came on top of their previous combat service in Iraq and was a pure political play by Murtha to push the Dem's anti-war agenda prior to a then-upcoming congressional election. Murtha never apologized for his deliberate 'mistakes' and the grief he caused brave men to suffer needlessly. He was a political slimeball and a disgrace to the country. RIH.

  • Sage

    Good riddance…one more corruptocrat down the tubes.

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  • Rodney Downie

    He was a PIG.

    • VN Vet

      They forgot to mention that he also steered millions of miltary appropriations money to his brother’s company.

      He was a Viet Nam veteran in the John F’n sKerry mold. Once he accompanied some supplies to a base up near the DMZ. While he was there the base came under a mortar attack. Murtha ducked into a bunker. Long after the attack had ended the commander at the base couldn’t locate Murtha. Finally, a couple of hours later, after cleaning the shit out of his shorts, he showed up again.

      His attempts to undermine the Haditha Marines, and the War in general, showed him to be without honor. He was just another despicable commiecrat. Most marines disowned him.