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Pelosi Campaigns for Murtha

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Posted on Nov 13, 2006
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Nancy Pelosi has thrown her support to ally John Murtha in the race for House majority leader with a letter sent to House Democrats, citing his campaign against the Iraq war as a major factor in the Democrats’ recent midterm victory.

(h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Roll Call:

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in line to become Speaker in January, is throwing her support to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) in the race for Majority Leader, a move that will be an early test of her influence and will weigh heavily on Murtha’s contest with Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) for the post.

Pelosi, in a letter distributed Sunday to newly elected House Democrats, wrote that Murtha’s outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq helped change the electoral campaign for the House this fall. Murtha began calling for a U.S. pullout from Iraq a year ago, and his open opposition to the war made him a focus of intense criticism from Republicans and the White House.

Pelosi, though, credited Murtha, one of her closest allies in the House, with changing the national debate on the issue and helping provide Democratic challengers and incumbents with a winning argument for the mid-term elections.


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By thebigerns, November 14, 2006 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment
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To Concerned Mother

I am not asking you to believe what I say, I’m asking you to inform yourself or suffer the consequences of not being informed. The NYT article requires registration to read, but otherwise is free. You demand “proof” - when what you really need is “information”, yet you refuse to read it!?

Rep. Jack Murtha took a principled stand on the war in Iraq… which I agree was both brave and right. However, until he takes such a stand on lobbying reform I think it is ill-advised of progressives to think the ‘culture of corruption’ is the exclusive domain of Republicans.

Remember, Pelosi has vowed to make this “the most ethical Congress in history”.

The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which has highlighted some of the worst corruption of Republicans counts Murtha as one of five to watch of The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress.

MojoBlog at Mother Jones also discusses details:

So read, don’t read, be a cheerleader or whatever. It’s completely up to you. All I’m asking is that you exercise the oversight that democracy demands of you. Your involvement in government doesn’t end with an election.

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By Sick of AIPAC hawks, November 14, 2006 at 5:58 am Link to this comment
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Jimmy says: “Murtha is AGAINST lobbying reform, the environment, women’s rights, gay rights, gun control, etc. Hoyer is solidly liberal on all of those issues.”

That may be true (I doubt it, but I haven’t looked it all up); however,  Murtha is against the neocon war agenda, which threatens the very life of our country. Hoyer is a total pro-Israel hawk.

If Bush decides he wants to bomb Iran, Murtha will oppose it loud and clear. Steny Hoyer will be right on board for a war against Iran, because that’s what AIPAC wants.

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By rachelle, November 14, 2006 at 2:02 am Link to this comment
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I agree with Jimmy (37866), both after reading the CREW report, and after viewing Murtha’s voting record… Not my kind of Democrat.

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By Cassandra, November 13, 2006 at 11:07 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, Murtha is far from perfect, conservative and too friendly to the defense industry.  But he is the man of the hour.  His courageous stance against the Iraq war shows principles.  I believe he is committed to stopping the bloodshed and has the credentials to withstand the attacks that have and will continue to be made against him.  If you think, as I do, that ending the war is the most important thing facing this nation, then Murtha is our best chance.  (P.S. Steny Hoyer wants to be the Tom Delay of the Democratic Party.)

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By Murtha - Proof?, November 13, 2006 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment
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Not that I don’t believe you but i want the PROOF.  Could you please provide same? NYT article not enough PROOF!  Plus can’t read same.

If it is TRUE we take it to the media.

I believe Murtha supported the troops from everything I read over past 3 years.  And believe me, I viewed some blind trusts as well.

Like i stated early on they need to Clorox this Congress.

I know this there is one little boasting member that has sucked the profit of soldiers BLOOD into his investments.  And my file on him
( along with other HUNTING mothers ) from the trading floor is growing by the day.  I’ll let him go for awhile then DUMP it into PUBLIC hands.  He is a RED boy, in the house, was featured here on truthdig too.  The public would be SHOCKED!

Most Sincerely
All the best,
Concerned Mother

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By Anthony Bono, November 13, 2006 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment
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I agree w/ Rita and Jimmy.  With Murtha in, it will most likely be bombing and/or a protracted dirty war.  I would also like to see someone who would be willing to push for a truly thorough review of the Military Commissions Act.  It concerns me that the Dems. have stayed eerily quiet around the subject.  That’s what makes me lose sleep at night.

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By thebigerns, November 13, 2006 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment
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Before you watchdogs of democracy get all gooey over Murtha, consider these articles:

Trust, but verify.

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By Anthony Peranio, Hendersonville, NC, November 13, 2006 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment
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Let us give wholehearted support to Murtha!This great and courageous man, amongst the first, has conceptualized and pointed out the powerful link between the Iraq Mess and EVERYTHING else of importance in our lives.
We must phase out of Iraq and apply the $ Trillion(s) in wasted assets, destruction and human losses to the needs of our nation. The problems of peace over war, inflation, fantastic debt, need for medical coverage, full employment (without a monster armaments industry and bloated ‘security’ needs, adequate housing for all Americans, rational transportation, energy dependence, our very Democracy and Constitution ... everything, you name it ... is tied to the Iraq Dilemma. There are NO solutions to any of our problems without settling the mess overseas.
Bush, as Executive, and his neocon crowd buddies will continue to steer the ship in their direction of staying the course of contiunued belligerency; aided by the packed Judiciary, and ‘Democratic’ Senators like Joe Lieberman to decide sticky matters for continuing the war.
Rep. Shuler, don’t act like a Taylor, support Murtha. I believe he really stands for change in the Democratic Party, which needs new faces and a ‘new direction’ too.
Anthony Peranio, Hendersonville, NC

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By Jimmy, November 13, 2006 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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Murtha is AGAINST lobbying reform, the environment, women’s rights, gay rights, gun control, etc. Hoyer is solidly liberal on all of those issues.

AND Murtha has tons of ethics baggage. He was listed on CREW’s list of most corrupt Congressman, one of only 3 Dems!

If Murtha wins, the headlines accross the country the very next day will be his ethical problems. and everyone will re-watch the video of him negotiating a $50,000 bribe with an undercover FBI agent…

This is definitely Pelosi’s first big mistake.

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By Paul Amigo, November 13, 2006 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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Telling you right now, Nancy Pelosi is going to be a “hell-of-a-speaker”!
Won’t have to see that ‘sea-turtle’ look alike,Dennis Hasterd anymore!!

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By rita, November 13, 2006 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Shuler bears watching as a potential White House surrogate.  He is very conservative and very young—without the wisdom of years of public service.
Murtha wants to get our boys home, but I am troubled that he may not want to end hostilities against Iraq.  I believe he has called for massive bombing once we have our troops off the ground.
We need a Studs Terkel approach to the Middle East—kill them with the kindness of overpowering economic and humanitarian aid (in Afghanistan and Iraq AND PALESTINE). Those people need something besides guns and bullets FOR A CHANGE.

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By Linda Watson, November 13, 2006 at 7:00 am Link to this comment
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I circulated the following letter to regional newspapers in Western Carolina University and urge everyone to call and write their representative to support Congressman Murtha, particularly if you live in a district that is sending a new representative to Congress.
To the Editor:
The November 10 issue of “Roll Call” reports that Heath Shuler will join 20 other newly elected Democratic congress members to support Congressman Hoyer in his bid to be majority leader.  Congressman Hoyer is competing against Jack Murtha for that position to be decided on Thursday, November 16, 2006. 

My questions regarding Mr. Shuler’s decision are these:  How could a decision of this importance be made so quickly?  What research and/or personal interactions informed his decision?  What constituent canvassing did Mr. Shuler engage in prior to making this decision?  Is this something the majority of Mr. Shuler’s supporters want?  Are newly elected representatives already forming divisive cohorts?  How much influence did Congressman Hoyer use to gain this support?  Are committee assignments involved?

I strongly support Congressman Murtha as majority leader.  He demonstrated courage (along with Ned Lamont) early on regarding Iraq.  And it is unequivocal strong leadership that we need to move the country in a new direction.

I am very disappointed in this first decision of Mr. Shuler’s and urge him to rethink his position.

Linda Watson
Sylva, NC

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By MURTHA FAN, November 13, 2006 at 6:53 am Link to this comment
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Yes! He’s exactly who we need! (Certainly not Steny Hoyer, the pro-war neocon Democrat.)

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By john, November 13, 2006 at 6:39 am Link to this comment
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I think Murtha would make a fine majority leader.

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