After nearly three decades in the military, William T. Russellâ€™s latest mission has brought him to Johnstown.
The career Army man, just two years short of retirement, has left the service and moved to the Flood City in order to mount a political campaign against veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. John Murtha.
-P.J. O’Rourke, Parliament of Whores
He seeks to turn a long history of substantial economic clout against Murtha, arguing that the congressman is an â€œextreme practitioner of cronyismâ€ who has not created long-term, sustainable jobs in this area.
As a small-business owner who operates an ATM company, Russell says he wants to help create a local economy that is more dependent on the free market â€“ while also acknowledging that some jobs may be lost if governmental contracts disappear.
â€œA lot of folks have gotten very, very dependent on this â€˜porkâ€™ structure,â€ Russell said.
As New Jersey proves over and over every election, it not how scummy one’s elected leaders are but how much they do for their scummy constituency.
Still, I think sending this Russell fellow a few bucks is a very worthwhile investment.