WASHINGTON—Rep. John Murtha, a 16-term Democrat known for his close ties to the military and his outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq, said Friday he will run for House majority leader if Democrats win control in November.
Murtha, 73, wrote in a letter to Democratic colleagues that he would seek the post “if we prevail, as I hope and know we will, and return to the majority this next Congress.”
“I would appreciate your consideration and vote and look forward to speaking to you personally about my decision,” he wrote.
Murtha, regarded as a close ally of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, has taken his party’s lead in demanding an early withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. He served in Vietnam as a Marine and he has a reputation in Congress as a strong friend of the military.