CREW blasts Pelosi over Murtha endorsement

posted at 4:36 pm on November 13, 2006 by Allahpundit

Now that the election’s safely won, they’ve stopped rubbing themselves over the Foley e-mails and turned their attention to more important matters. Like urging an immediate redeployment of Grandpa Simpson back to the House rank and file:

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…

“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.”

Twice for emphasis.

He earned a dishonorable mention on their list of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress, but that was when he was the ranking Democrat on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Wait until he’s the chair. Santa won’t need to check that list of campaign contributors twice to know that everyone’s been nice.

No word yet from CREW on Dirty Harry’s latest real-estate seminar, “How to Increase the Value of Your Property Fiftyfold.”


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And then there’s Alcee Hastings, in line to be head of the Intelligence Committee.

Turns out ‘culture of corruption’ was a campaign promise.

Slublog on November 13, 2006 at 4:43 PM

So,the Dem base is upset with their “leaders” and the GOP base has had it with theirs too.My God the next two years are going to be a SH#*-Storm.

bbz123 on November 13, 2006 at 4:44 PM

So much for not having a “culture of corruption.”
Abscam, anyone?

NTWR on November 13, 2006 at 4:47 PM

“How can Americans believe that the Democrats will return integrity to the House when future Speaker Pelosi has endorsed an ethically senility-challenged member for a leadership position?

:-P

SouthernGent on November 13, 2006 at 4:47 PM

So CREW expected Pelousy to actually honor the rhetoric that she spoke when a candidate? They honestly thought she would be some sort of reform party leader? Hahaha! Fat chance!

DannoJyd on November 13, 2006 at 4:47 PM

Got exactly what they deserved. Unfortunately the rest of us have to live with it too.

Cary on November 13, 2006 at 4:49 PM

Guys, if you didn’t notice…there was a hell of a lot of Republicans on that list. More so then democrats. I think we need to clean house before we can bitch. However, I do agree on the hypocrisy of the Democrats. The talk about culture of corruption, yet 2 of their so called “leaders”(Hastings & Murtha)are as corrupted as they get.

msipes on November 13, 2006 at 5:05 PM

CREW is a leftist organization, msipes. They’re not going to be evenhanded about this stuff. They’ve got a few of the worst Democratic offenders on their list in order to appear nonpartisan.

Allahpundit on November 13, 2006 at 5:07 PM

CREW is a leftist organization

backed by Soros no less.

SouthernGent on November 13, 2006 at 5:10 PM

@Allahpundit

Wait a minute here… Hot Air uses CREW as a source for corruption on Murtha, yet you won’t acknowledge them when pointing to corrupted Republicans? I find that to be a little hypocritical as well.

If you are going to use a partisan website for source, then don’t complain when they make the Republicans look worse.

msipes on November 13, 2006 at 5:11 PM

He earned a dishonorable mention on their list of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress, but that was when he was the ranking Democrat on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Wait until he’s the chair. Santa won’t need to check that list of campaign contributors twice to know that everyone’s been nice.

So you’re only taking CREW serious now that they’re attacking a few Dems? Perhaps now some of you will realize that while CREW receives funding from Soros they are not a blatantly partisan organization. The reason they attack more Republicans than Democrats is because Republicans are more likely to be corrupt since they are the ones in power (correction, we’re), and it doesn’t do you much good to bribe members of the minority that can’t really help you get legislation passed. They did name about 4 Dems overall. Waters, Murtha, Mollohan and Jefferson.

Grebrook on November 13, 2006 at 5:20 PM

“When I become chairman [of a House appropriations subcommittee], I’m going to earmark the [four-letter scatological vulgarity] out of it.”–Rep. Jim Moran

God bless those democrats!

lorien1973 on November 13, 2006 at 5:21 PM

when they make the Republicans look worse.

Wait, is that even possible at this point? I call shenanigans!

:P

Benaiah on November 13, 2006 at 5:21 PM

“Motion of a pendulum –

According to legend, Galileo discovered the principle of the pendulum while attending mass at the Duomo (cathedral) located in the Piazza del Duomo of Pisa, Italy. A lamp hung from the ceiling by a cable and, having just been lit, was swaying back and forth. Galileo realized that each complete … ”

Hell, we’re less than a week in.

I think that this may eventually work out in our favor!

“England swings like a pendulum do …………

there it is on November 13, 2006 at 5:21 PM

…while CREW receives funding from Soros they are not a blatantly partisan organization…

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…..
HeeeHeeeHeeeHeee…
Is it possible to stop laughing about this? I don’t think so!
Grabrook, drop what you’re doing and offer your services to The Daily Show–you are hilarious!

Jen the Neocon on November 13, 2006 at 5:29 PM

So you’re only taking CREW serious now that they’re attacking a few Dems?

…relax…take a few breaths…give the amoral indignation a rest for a second…you take ever’thing so seriously…you should at least try to *FAKE* a sense of humor….

…the word is *I-R-O-N-Y*….

Lefty congressman…dissed by a left-of-Lefty “organization” (we used to say “pressure group”, but that was in the old, honest days)…funded by a Lefty moneybags….

…man, that’s ironic…ironical…ironicesque…

…no…the Soros-funded group is *still* not to be trusted…but, even a broken clock is right twice a day….

Puritan1648 on November 13, 2006 at 6:08 PM

Corruption is corruption, on all sides. So is hypocrisy. No one can possibly be harsher on Rep. Cunningham, than myself. And, yes, he was my Rep. for many, many years. He’s got what he asked for and I make no excuses.

So much for “a new begining” and “change in Washington” though.

The trolls should quit preaching and show some objectivity too.

Entelechy on November 13, 2006 at 6:11 PM

And then there’s Alcee Hastings, in line to be head of the Intelligence Committee.

Do you not have to pass any kind of security clearance to get that post? I am struggling with the notion that an obvious security risk can potentially fuck over the entire nation just because one district in Florida is made up mostly of idiots.

B Moe on November 13, 2006 at 6:11 PM

If you are going to use a partisan website for source, then don’t complain when they make the Republicans look worse.

msipes on November 13, 2006 at 5:11 PM

Sock puppetry??

Rick on November 13, 2006 at 6:20 PM

The GOP will never look worse than the Dems when it comes to corruption.
No way, no how.
The Clintons and the state of New Jersey have their own wings in the relevant state and federal correctional facilities.
We could all cite numerous examples.
CREW’s rejection of Murtha just goes to show that even the Left doesn’t want this obnoxious gasbag out front as the “face” of the Dems.

Jen the Neocon on November 13, 2006 at 7:00 PM

Do you not have to pass any kind of security clearance to get that post? I am struggling with the notion that an obvious security risk can potentially fuck over the entire nation just because one district in Florida is made up mostly of idiots.

B Moe on November 13, 2006 at 6:11 PM

You’re dead on with that observation, B Moe. I bet the security experts told the politicians the exact same thing but got overruled. That should never happen, but unfortunately it does. Scumbags like Hastings shouldn’t be in the same zip code as classified material.

ReubenJCogburn on November 13, 2006 at 7:08 PM

Perhaps now some of you will realize that while CREW receives funding from Soros they are not a blatantly partisan organization. The reason they attack more Republicans than Democrats is because Republicans are more likely to be corrupt since they are the ones in power (correction, we’re), and it doesn’t do you much good to bribe members of the minority that can’t really help you get legislation passed. They did name about 4 Dems overall. Waters, Murtha, Mollohan and Jefferson.

So having “about 4 Dems” would mean they aren’t “blatantly partisan”? Such stunning revelation. It seems your explanation is proof of their blatant partisan leanings. Anyway, kudo’s to CREW for demonstrating the appearance of balance.

thedecider on November 13, 2006 at 7:15 PM

Not to derail the derailment, but getting back on track…I have to wonder if Pelosi is operating on the ‘It takes a thief to catch a thief’ principal? She will root out corruption by putting the corrupt into positions of authority so they can use their experience at corruption to weed it out!

wolfva on November 14, 2006 at 1:43 AM

Not to derail the derailment, but getting back on track…I have to wonder if Pelosi is operating on the ‘It takes a thief to catch a thief’ principal? She will root out corruption by putting the corrupt into positions of authority so they can use their experience at corruption to weed it out!

I seriously doubt that Pelosi gave it that much thought, she’s heading for a run at the White House in ’08 and doesn’t want to get caught up in any possible trainwrecks. This is Murtha’s last shot and he doesn’t have further political ambitions.

Buzzy on November 14, 2006 at 11:08 AM

Grebrook

How come Harry Reid is not the list?

Do you actually believe that is an oversight?

The LA times has been writing for years about Harry Reid and his illegal real estate deals in Nevada.

His latest is the earmark for a bridge to the property he just bought before the bridge got approved, just like the shopping center rezoning in Las Vegas. Of course lets not forget the land swap deal in North Lake Tahoe or the deal with Boeing in Las Vegas.

I am sure that CREW just overlooked his 20 year history of being a crook.

Oh, and they probably forgot about his involvment in the Prison funds that went missing in Carson City.

ScottyDog on November 14, 2006 at 3:28 PM