Most ethical Congress ever defeats measure to reprimand Murtha for earmark threat

posted at 6:30 pm on May 22, 2007 by Allahpundit

So he threatened the guy. What are you, some kind of sissies?

House Democrats rejected a Republican bid Tuesday to reprimand Rep. John Murtha, a senior lawmaker accused of threatening legislative reprisals against a GOP member who had crossed him…

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. Murtha is known for blowing off steam, they said, and his comments to Rogers were too vague to constitute a genuine violation of ethics rules. “It’s time to put on your long pants and grow up,” Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., said in an interview when asked how Democrats would respond.

Still, several Democrats said some party members found it distasteful to vote to protect Murtha.

Yeah, you can tell from the roll they were all broken up about it. Total Democrats voting: 221. Total voting for Murtha: 219.

Update: “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.”


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I give credit to the two dems who voted against Murtha. He wont forget

William Amos on May 22, 2007 at 6:32 PM

Clearly they don’t care, may never have, now they can be totally open about it because they know there will be no real repercussions from their foul behaviors.

bbz123 on May 22, 2007 at 6:36 PM

When the media is on your side, you don’t have to worry about things like this. Whenever i hear about something a democrat did here on HA or other blogs, i google it to see who is else is reporting it. Invariably, the only people talking about it are other (conservative) blogs, no msm.

forged rite on May 22, 2007 at 6:40 PM

It could be a blessing in disguise for Republicans.

Keep this one on speed dial.

thirteen28 on May 22, 2007 at 6:45 PM

Democrats played down the incident. Murtha is known for blowing off steam

Sure, just like William Jefferson is known to store money in his freezer occasionally, or Diane Feinstein is known to funnel money to her husband’s company once in a while. C’mon, these.things.happen. Don’t be such sticks in the mud.

Mallard T. Drake on May 22, 2007 at 6:45 PM

Again here is video of Texas state senator that wont go to the hospital for fear that a bill challenging illegal immigrants not to vote wont be passed

video

William Amos on May 22, 2007 at 6:47 PM

Yes, this just proves what conservatives have been saying all along, that even Satan isnt as corrupt as the Democrats.

doriangrey on May 22, 2007 at 6:48 PM

As Gomer Pyle used to say, Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

abinitioadinfinitum on May 22, 2007 at 6:54 PM

219 out of 221 democrats voting…

so which 2 democrats won’t get any earmarks through now?

juanito on May 22, 2007 at 6:56 PM

This event is just more campaign ad material for the wobbly republicans…

Zorro on May 22, 2007 at 6:57 PM

Somebody with mad photoshop skillz my consider putting a black turban and black cape on old Jack. Aside from the fact that one would rather die than touch pork and the other needs to pork to live, I’m not seeing much of a difference.

JackStraw on May 22, 2007 at 7:02 PM

Could you imagine if Denny Hastert or Newt Gingrich had done what Murtha did? It would be Watergate, on every channel and in every newspaper for 3 weeks. The problem, ladies and gentlemen, is that Mr. and Mrs. America are too busy working two jobs, raising the kids, going to little league and still trying to eat dinner together to pay attention, (and you can’t blame them, it’s time-consuming) so without the MSM telling the story, they’re not going to take the time to find and read the blogs that tell the truth…what can be done to wake them up and get them out of their “too busy” stupors?

JustTruth101 on May 22, 2007 at 7:02 PM

so which 2 democrats won’t get any earmarks through now?

Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Jim Cooper of Tennessee

BTW, Republican Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, voted with the Dems, against the reprimand.

amerpundit on May 22, 2007 at 7:09 PM

Could you imagine if Denny Hastert or Newt Gingrich had done what Murtha did? It would be Watergate, on every channel and in every newspaper for 3 weeks….
JustTruth101 on May 22, 2007 at 7:02 PM

Allow me to ReWrite™ that for you…

Could you imagine if Denny Hastert or Newt Gingrich had done what Murtha did? It would be Watergate, on every channel and in every newspaper for 3 weeks until they were forced to resign or at the least their party were ousted from power….

…The problem, ladies and gentlemen, is that Mr. and Mrs. America are too busy working two jobs, raising the kids, going to little league and still trying to eat dinner together to pay attention, (and you can’t blame them, it’s time-consuming) so without the MSM telling the story, they’re not going to take the time to find and read the blogs that tell the truth…what can be done to wake them up and get them out of their “too busy” stupors?

As planned. There is a reason why all levels of government take 1 out of every 3 dollars produced by the people.

steveegg on May 22, 2007 at 7:11 PM

Forget the pork, the intimidation, the violation of rules, forget the surrender agenda, forget ABSCAM. If you want to get Murtha, you’ll have to wait until he sends an inappropriate IM to one of his pages. Then he’ll be toast for sure.

Mallard T. Drake on May 22, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Mallard T. Drake on May 22, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Nope… ya forgot, hes a Democrat… he’ll get a pass on that too. Now, if he was running a gay prostitution ring… ya might have somthing… or… .not….

crap…

Romeo13 on May 22, 2007 at 7:21 PM

The dems vote for corruption. Perhaps it doesn’t matter, but a vote even being held would be a terrible disgrace for Murtha, I should think.

Pelosi’s “most ethical Congress” reminds me of Clinton’s “most ethical administration”.

doingwhatican on May 22, 2007 at 7:22 PM

doingwhatican on May 22, 2007 at 7:22 PM

Hand that man a Cigar… just not one from the Clinton White House… cause ya wouldn’t know where that one had been….

Romeo13 on May 22, 2007 at 7:25 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen, here we have a group of treasonous criminals brutalizing the good party name from which came such good men as Jack Kennedy and Harry Truman…and a group of jelly spined cowards who don’t have the cajones to call a friggin spade a spade.

I honestly fear for my country. Perhaps I’ll adopt Warren Zevon’s famous line as my motto…

send lawyers, guns, and money…lots of guns.

Pilgrim on May 22, 2007 at 8:20 PM

Roll call

db on May 22, 2007 at 8:28 PM

Murtha looks like he’s about to take a bite out of a big ham in that frontpage pic. There’s a pork joke in there.

Bad Candy on May 22, 2007 at 10:20 PM

At least they tried. That’s a big improvement.

petefrt on May 22, 2007 at 11:03 PM

The Dems will never hold their own to the same ethical standards they hold Republicans or Iraquis to. Must be that “soft bigotry of low expectations” thing.

I wonder if they’ve thought about making criticizing the morally challenged a hate crime. That could do more for them than the fairness doctrine.

NellE on May 23, 2007 at 12:53 AM

to congratulate the senior member of the Appropriations Committee who oversees a massive defense spending bill every year.”

…which is why almost every one of them voted to save his wrinkled old slandering a$$. They want the pork themselves.

Mallard T. Drake on May 22, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Nope… ya forgot, hes a Democrat… he’ll get a pass on that too. Now, if he was running a gay prostitution ring… ya might have somthing… or… .not….

crap…

Romeo13 on May 22, 2007 at 7:21 PM

Aw c’mon, both are huge resume enhancements for a defeatocrat.

91Veteran on May 23, 2007 at 1:35 AM

I look forward to the day when DNC HQ is imploded, the bank accounts seized and distributed to charity, the lot paved over, and a new hot dog stand erected.

Vote Democrat, vote CORRUPT PIGGIES!

georgej on May 23, 2007 at 4:07 AM

I would love for someone to get elected for the express purpose of calling a press conference every time one of these unethical tactics was applied to them. They wouldn’t have to care about pork or earmarks or actually accomplishing anything so they wouldn’t have to ‘go along to get along.’ Of course, that person would know from the start that they’d never be reelected, but perhaps they could take a good number of these jackasses with them.

James on May 23, 2007 at 10:05 AM

Just a small sample of what we will get in 2008 if the Left is successful, as it appears they will be at this point.

Those opposed to the Left must realize that Laissez-Faire economics that benefit the few is the main reason that Republican support is not in the majority. We sacrifice so much of our national interest because of the Left, and the Ferengi who detract support from those who oppose them.

omegaram on May 23, 2007 at 10:59 AM

The republicans had 12 years to eliminate earmarks and did nothing. Where is the outrage?

Bradky on May 23, 2007 at 12:25 PM

I would love for someone to get elected for the express purpose of calling a press conference every time one of these unethical tactics was applied to them.

The problem here is that no one in the MSM would come to this person’s press conferences. They’d label him a whiner and that would be the end of it. Most likely, this person would eventually get wronged by a Republican, too, and that’s the ony time anyone would pay attention.

“It’s time to put on your long pants and grow up” indeed. I don’t get worked up about hypocricy the way others do, but I can still appreciate how breath-taking it often is.

Kensington on May 23, 2007 at 12:32 PM

If Murtha were a Republican you would see reference to his entanglement in the Abscam investigation in each and every story printed about him. But as he is a Dhimmocrat such references are not allowed by the MSM. Bunch of frigging hypocrites.

oilbertan on May 23, 2007 at 1:29 PM

The republicans had 12 years to eliminate earmarks and did nothing. Where is the outrage?

Bradky on May 23, 2007 at 12:25 PM

That’s why, more than ever, re-elect no one..

DaveC on April 7, 2008 at 5:08 PM