Thank you Nancy Pelosi. I mean you haven’t even taken the gavel as presumed House Speaker and already you have created a furor within your Democratic Caucus and handed the Republicans the best political gift they’ve had all year.
Thanks Nancy, for giving your support to John “ABSCAM” Murtha — the former Marine and now lying and slanderous Congressman from Pennsylvania.
This is what Nancy Pelosi said last week after the Democrats won control of the US House.
Democrats “intend to lead the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress in history”.
Words are bunk, Nancy. Your first decision as House Speaker was to side with a crook and a defamer of the US Marines. What a stick in the eye of your pledge and the stick in the eye of our military men and women in combat.
Ruth Marcus at the Washington Post agrees. Murtha is unfit to be House Majority Leader.
For years Murtha has relied on the Abscam bottom line to argue that the case is not a problem for him: He wasn’t indicted. But he was named a co-conspirator in the bribery scheme. The feckless House ethics committee didn’t take action against him, though the outside investigator it hired quit in disgust after the panel rejected his recommendation to file misconduct charges.
“I am the guy that didn’t take the money,” Murtha said this summer when his opponent raised the issue.
Yes, but: He’s the guy who, brought into the deal by two other House members — Frank Thompson (D-N.J.) and John Murphy (D-N.Y.) — agreed to meet with men offering money in return for official action. He’s the guy who knew these two colleagues expected a payoff and even vouched for them with the would-be bribers (“Both of them are solid.”).
I wrote a few weeks back that Pelosi’s first test as speaker would be whether she picks Florida’s Alcee Hastings — who was removed from his federal judgeship for agreeing to take a bribe — to head the intelligence committee. As it turns out, I was wrong. Pelosi’s first test was how to handle Murtha. Whatever happens [Thursday], she flunked. Whether she’ll get another failing grade on Hastings remains to be seen.
Way to go, Nancy. There’s another reason that you are Not My House Speaker. Add that one to your 2006 campaign of “bait and switch” on the American people (Campaigning as Moderates only to Govern as Liberals).
Nancy Pelosi – Not My House Speaker