Rep. John Murtha (D)

Discussion in 'The Fire For Effect and Totally Politically Incorr' started by Popeye, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. Popeye

    Popeye Member

    Jul 3, 2005
    Sacramento area, CA
    It is being reported that he has died.
  2. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member


    His agenda was destructive to our freedom.....
    Personally i am glad he is gone. I heard about it moments ago here at mcdonalds and i said "yes....Yes....YES!!!!" out loud with much enthuisiasm. Nobody gave me any guff about it either.....


  3. Millwright

    Millwright Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    My condolences to the Murtha family !! >MW
  4. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    lol... the guy must've been a real prick. i've never heard of him
  5. questor

    questor Member

    Feb 28, 2009
    Slickville, Pa
    Yes he was a war vet and I salute him for that!

    But he was a friggin crook! Probably the most corrupt scum-bags on the hill.

    ABSCAM - He somehow dodged this bullet in the 1980's after he was caught on tape telling an undercover FBI agent he might want money for his district in exchange for legislative favors -- and he regularly appears on good-government groups' lists of the most corrupt members of Congress.


    Recently offices of a defense contractor in his home district, which has received millions of dollars in earmarks at the request of earmark king Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) by the FBI and IRS.

    It goes on and on.

    He has now met his maker and is answering for stealing the peoples monies!
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2010
  6. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    He was a real sweetheart. For his funeral they will have to screw him into the ground.

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) As family and friends mourn the death of Rep. John Murtha, the tall, gruff mannered former Marine who became the de facto voice of veterans on Capitol Hill, some political watchdogs are recalling a darker episode in the Congressman's storied past – the Abscam scandal, in which the Pennsylvania lawmaker was caught in an awkward videotaped exchange that suggested he might eventually offer political concessions for cash.

    In the 1970s and 80s, the FBI ran a wide sting operation to catch federal lawmakers who the government believed could be bought. The scheme, called Abscam, tried to catch government officials accepting bribes in return for political favors to a non-existent sheik.

    Murtha was videotaped turning down a $50,000 bribe while holding out the possibility that he might take money in the future, according to the Associated Press.

    Photo: John "Jack" Murtha Feb. 18, 1982.

    "We do business for a while, maybe I'll be interested and maybe I won't," Murtha said on the tape.

    Six congressmen and one senator were convicted in the case. Murtha was not charged, but the government named him as an unindicted co-conspirator and he testified against two other congressmen.

    Murtha had more recent problems too. In 2008, the FBI raided the offices of PMA, a lobbying firm that had become one Murtha's biggest sources of campaign cash.

    The firm specialized in obtaining earmarks for defense contractors, and with Murtha's help, got plenty of them.

    In 2007 and 2008, Murtha and two fellow Democrats on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee directed $137 million to defense contractors who were paying PMA to get them government business. Between 1989 and 2009, Murtha collected more than $2.3 million in campaign contributions from PMA's lobbyists and corporate clients, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political money.

    The House ethics committee investigated the link between PMA-related campaign contributions and earmarks, but it had not named a subcommittee to look into possible violations by individual lawmakers.

    But despite taking political body blows for the Abscam scandal and later for his rabid defense of earmarks, Murtha was also deeply admired for his brave service as a Marine and his staunch criticism of the Iraq war.

    "Ever since I was a young boy, I had two goals in life - I wanted to be a colonel in the Marine Corps and a member of Congress," Murtha wrote in his 2004 book, "From Vietnam to 9/11."

    In the end, he did both.

    The Pennsylvania Democrat died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., with his family at his bedside Monday. The 77-year-old had been suffering complications from gallbladder surgery.
  7. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Burn in hell Murtha, burn.
  8. wpage

    wpage Active Member

    Aug 25, 2009
    Looks like another opportunity for the Republicans in Pa...

    Another Dem down in flames.
  9. larryg

    larryg New Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    SW Ohio
    No one has mentioned the "wonderful and busy" John Murtha airport that continuously gets lots of federal tax dollars for expansion and upgrade for there 3 flights per day
  10. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Found at the Washington Times comment section:

    "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, one less socialist to make a fuss."

  11. wyoredot

    wyoredot New Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Yeah, he's still a douchbag and just like the rest of his ilk, can burn in hell.
  12. navis128

    navis128 New Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Any inkling of "honor" he had left, dematerialized like an apparition when he threw his "brothers" under the bus...Slimebag!!

    He lost the right to the title Marine...
  13. John S Bryant

    John S Bryant New Member

    Apr 12, 2003
    anybody got a 'spare' tear that I can shed for the loss of Murtha ?????
  14. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    I'm all out, but Art or Pony might have one! :eek: :D
  15. navis128

    navis128 New Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Oh :rolleyes:, I recognize that:)
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