23 May 2007

"Most ethical congress" gets ethicaler

Well, if you can't get them to support your pork, threaten them. At least that's the strategy of "Happy Jack" Murtha (D-Okinawa). Besides, it's the liberal way (via Hot Air):
Murtha, known for his bluff manner and fondness of pork barrel projects, did not dispute claims that he charged across the House floor May 17 to confront Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. Rogers had tried unsuccessfully to strike a $23 million Murtha earmark — a targeted spending item — for a drug intelligence center in Murtha’s district…

In a House speech Monday, Rogers said Murtha threatened him by saying, “you will not get any earmarks now and forever.” Rogers, backed by House GOP leaders, said Murtha’s threat violated congressional ethics rules.

In conversations with colleagues and reporters, Democrats played down the incident...

“During the vote, Murtha sat in a darkened corner of the House floor,
laughing with colleagues who surrounded him during the vote. As the clock wound down, other Democrats him to congratulate the senior member of the Appropriations Committee who oversees a massive defense spending bill every year.”
Will the drive-by media be shouting for an investigation into Murtha's actions? Eh, not so much. But, if this was somebody with an "R" after their name, you better believe Chrissy "Facts? Who needs them?" Matthews and Keith "Is anybody listening to me?" Olbermann would have it splahed all over their broadcast.

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