Shock: Murtha accused of behaving unethically with appropriations

posted at 11:38 am on May 18, 2007 by Allahpundit

John Murtha? Madam Speaker’s handpicked choice for House majority leader? Whom CREW has more than once described as “one of the most unethical members of Congress,” with very good reason?

Most ethical Congress evah:

Powerful Democrat Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania threatened to deny any further spending projects to a Republican who challenged him over an earmark, his antagonist [Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has charged — a potential violation of House rules…

Rogers turned the tables later that night by saying he would propose a reprimand of Murtha for violating House rules…

According to the draft resolution, Murtha shouted at Rogers on the House floor Thursday afternoon for offering a motion last week to expose $23 million Murtha requested in an intelligence bill.

The Pennsylvania Democrat requested the money to prevent the administration from shuttering the National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown, Pa. — which sits in Murtha’s district.

“I hope you don’t have any earmarks in the defense appropriations bills because they are gone and you will not get any earmarks now and forever,” Murtha told Rogers on the House floor, according to the draft transcript supplied to The Politico.

“This is not the way we do things here — and is that supposed to make me afraid of you?” Rogers replied.

“That’s the way I do it,” Murtha said.

When another Republican, Todd Tiahrt, voted for Rogers’s motion to expose Murtha’s porkbarrelling, Murtha allegedy screamed at him too. Click.

Update: Gateway Pundit has Fox News video (sans audio) of Murtha getting in Tiahrt’s face on the House floor.


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