Saturday, June 10, 2006

Murtha To Run For Majority Leader If Dems Prevail In Midterms

Conservative (though anti-war) Democrat Rep. John Murtha plans to run for Majority Leader if the Democrats -- in spite of electronic voting shenanigans -- manage to take control of the House of Representatives in this year's midterm elections.

Rep. John P. Murtha (Pa.), one of the Democrats' leading antiwar voices, startled his political colleagues yesterday by announcing he would seek a senior leadership position if the Democrats win control of the House in November.

In a letter that he circulated on the floor during a series of votes, Murtha said he is eyeing the No. 2 position. "If we prevail as I hope and know we will and return to the majority this next Congress, I have decided to run for the open seat of the Majority Leader," Murtha wrote.

The presumed favorite for that job had been the current No. 2 House Democrat, Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), with whom Murtha has long had testy relations. Hoyer, like many of his political colleagues, greeted Murtha's announcement with annoyance and exasperation, given that the election remains five months off and a Democratic victory is by no means assured.
No kidding.

Murtha did not explain the timing of the letter or why he was suddenly itching to climb the leadership ladder. Were Democrats to win House control, Murtha would be second in line to become chairman of the Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful jobs in Congress...

Murtha's candidacy could provide midterm voters with a tougher, more conservative contrast to the liberal minority leader, Nancy Pelosi (Calif.). A decorated Marine combat veteran, Murtha is strongly pro-military. But his call last year for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq was a pivotal moment in the war debate, emboldening many Democrats to speak out forcefully against the conflict.

It is hilarious to see gooper know-nothing bloggers call Murtha a "liberal," presumably due to his anti-Iraq War stance.

These fools don't have any idea what a liberal is in the first place, nor that any congressman's voting record is publicly available upon which to make a correct determination of his or her political leanings.

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