Can Murtha Be Unseated?

The Challenger:

After nearly three decades in the military, William T. Russell’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.

The Obstacle:

Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us.

-P.J. O’Rourke, Parliament of Whores

The Issue:

The 75-year-old [Murtha] is known for bringing money and jobs – especially in the defense sector – to his district, and last year he became chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

He seeks to turn a long history of substantial economic clout against Murtha, arguing that the congressman is an “extreme practitioner of cronyism” 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 – while also acknowledging that some jobs may be lost if governmental contracts disappear.

“A lot of folks have gotten very, very dependent on this ‘pork’ structure,” 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.


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  2. I’m not one to tinker with the constitution lightly, but Murtha, Rangel and a whole host of these morons on BOTH sides of the aisle are prime examples of why we should implement term limits.

    I can’t imagine the founding fathers ever in their wildest dreams could foresee the clusterf%&k we have today. I’m sure they never thought there’d be 300 million people in this country, much less politicians keeping an office for 40 freakin’ years.

    Murtha, and those like him are impossible to beat because they quite simply have bribed the majority of voters in their district with pork-filled jobs and projects.

    I wish Russell all the luck in the world, he’s doing what’s right.

  3. I couldn’t have said it better, Tim. And these self-serving b*stards challenge term limit laws as unconstitutional without even the pretense of “public service.”

    And yes, Sen. Stevens, Lott and a whole bunch of others are mucking up our side of the aisle too.

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