Monday, November 13, 2006

One of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress endorsed by the incoming Speaker for Majority leader

Washington, DC – Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) questioned soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) commitment to eradicating corruption with her endorsement of one of the most unethical members in Congress, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), to be Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.

Rep. Murtha was listed in CREW’s report Beyond DeLay: The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and five to watch). As reported in the study and by the news media, Rep. Murtha has been involved in a number of pay-to play schemes involving former staffers and his brother, Robert “Kit” Murtha.

Eight incumbents in CREW’s report lost their races to ethics issues.

“Future House Speaker Pelosi’s endorsement of Rep. Murtha, one of the most unethical members of Congress, shows that she may have prioritized ethics reform merely to win votes with no real commitment to changing the culture of corruption,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today. “How can Americans believe that the Democrats will return integrity to the House when future Speaker Pelosi has endorsed an ethically-challenged member for a leadership position? Rep. Murtha is the wrong choice for this job.”

Not only is Rep. Murtha beset by ethics issues, The New York Times reported on October 2, 2006 that he has consistently opposed ethics and earmark reform. Sloan continued, “Rep. Murtha’s opposition to ethics reform does not bode well for future Speaker Pelosi’s promise to enact ethics legislation in the first 100 hours of the new Congress.”

Melanie Sloan is available to discuss CREW’s opposition to Rep. Murtha’s candidacy. Please contact Naomi Seligman Steiner at 202.408.5565 or press@citizensforethics.org.

CREW’s report can be found at www.beyonddelay.org.

And you're doing something when the Greorge Soros funded group tags you as a Democrat. As Hot Air points out, just watch the graft he can get his his hands on as Majority leader. Thanks Nancy, you must want to give this one back quick!

Comments:
RW,

I can't believe that Murtha would be endorsed for anything. In my opinion, it seemed that Murtha was sorta "losing it". His military record seemed OK but some of his past actions don't add up right. Why would Pelosi put up a man like that? Seems like she wants all the screwballs up front. It is almost like revenge or something. I was hoping she was smarter than I thought she was. But she isn't.
 
Dusty,

She probably wants to get all the nuts in place while the press is still telling us what a wonderful moderate she is.
 
RW,

According to Kristen Powers, the SF voters think Pelosi is a conservative, so its possible that Pelosi believes it and is nominating all her conservative friends!
 
Buy Danish,

That's it!

I read something somewhere (helpful huh?) that listed the voting in her district as compared to the rest of California this last time and they were way out of whack. I'd hate to even see it compared to the rest of the country.

Seriously I think a lot of races in San Francisco end up between the Democrat and the Green, so she is the conservative.
 


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