Hot Air Audio: Rep. Murtha’s office hangs up when asked about the Haditha Marines

posted at 11:54 am on August 10, 2007 by Bryan

When he wasn’t busy over the past year or so arguing that we ought to fight al Qaeda in Iraq from our bases in Okinawa and Diego Garcia, Rep. Jack “Abscam” Murtha has been busy stuffing his face with pork, behaving questionably over appropriations and smearing US Marines. Now that three of the Marines Murtha prejudged to be guilty of cold-blooded murder have been cleared of all charges, Murtha ought to answer for what he has been saying about them.

Today, I called up his office in DC to see if he was planning on issuing any statements. For some reason, his staff is less than forthcoming on that point.

Update: Porkapallooza!

(thumbnail from Boot Murtha)


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You should have told them you’re with the AP (Allahpundit). Technically, it’s true. Maybe you would have gotten more of a response.

PRCalDude on August 10, 2007 at 5:24 PM

Hey Bryan, btw, I noticed that bartender (above) called as well…

I’m a farmer, dammit. I thought Barntender was kinda clever. Come to think of it, the barn is equipped with a fridge full of frosty malt beverages. And, most Saturdays I end up throwing a few drunks out on their tail around 2am…I guess it is a bar. I’m putting up a tip jar tonight.

Barntender on August 10, 2007 at 5:48 PM

How did we go down a comment (98-97). What got deleted? Was it juicy?

Christoph on August 10, 2007 at 7:05 PM

Yeah! God forbid that the public might get past all those barriers to the inner sanctum where the Congressman dwells. We taxpayers pay good money to make sure rat bastard traitors like Murtha aren’t bothered by the voices of all the “little people.”

highhopes on August 10, 2007 at 2:44 PM

In fairness I worked breifly as an intern. Believe me there are some wackos you dont want near your legislater.

Those interns arent to blame for Murtha.

William Amos on August 10, 2007 at 7:47 PM

Murtha (Weaselus Unamericanus) understands that if he says nothing now, most people will forget that he ever said anything then.

Silence is a universal eraser.

Keep prodding his slanderous snout.

profitsbeard on August 10, 2007 at 10:04 PM

Murtha, will forever go down in Marine history as a stain on the Corps.

What a dirtbag!

TheSitRep on August 10, 2007 at 10:13 PM

Murtha is a disgrace to the Corps, Pennsylvania, politicians in general, and the USA.

csdeven on August 10, 2007 at 10:17 PM

He’s just an old coot with a dysfunctional thought process (probably Alzheimer’s) that’s been getting the media attention he has long sought.

As for his gate keeping staff… No surprises from me. The apples never fall far from the tree…

ZZ Bachman on August 10, 2007 at 10:56 PM

The video of Campbell and Flake says it all…Has anyone here thought of how profitable, how much good could be done if the earmarks where non existent. I still want someone to explain to me what good do lobbyist do..besides make gobs of money at tax payer’s expense?

oldernslower on August 10, 2007 at 10:59 PM

For the lady answering the phone:

1. “My condolences – what a tough break it must be to find out those boys are innocent after all. Hope Jack’s not taking it too hard *cough* ”

2. “Want to say I totally support Jack’s handling of the whole Haditha thing. ‘Cause like Jack I’m fine with smearing the troops before they’ve had their day in court… I mean who really buys into that whole ‘innocent til proven guilty’ bullshit anyway?”

RD on August 11, 2007 at 12:24 AM

Most Liberals run when faced with Truth.

Montana on August 11, 2007 at 12:30 AM

The people in murtha’s district should be ashamed of themselves if they voted him in. Get a clue.

Highrise on August 11, 2007 at 5:54 AM

That Murtha is a bad murtha f… (Shut your mouth!) Just talkin’ about Murtha. (Then we can dig it).

saved on August 11, 2007 at 7:18 AM

That Murtha is a bad murtha f… (Shut your mouth!) Just talkin’ about Murtha. (Then we can dig it).

saved on August 11, 2007 at 7:18 AM

My Congresscritter’s a monkey.

I now apologize to all monkeys.

BKennedy on August 11, 2007 at 8:10 AM

Good work Mr. Preston.

Amazing to think they would not want to come out ahead of this, and issue an apology before getting this kind of press.

Again, excellent job brother.

formercorpsman on August 11, 2007 at 8:22 AM

How would vote for this animal? It’s not as if his pork votes are helping his district.

doufree on August 11, 2007 at 9:28 AM

saved on August 11, 2007 at 7:18 AM

Ha HA! First LOL of the day!

Michelle needs to post this call on the Factor, or you should send it into Hannity.
Good work Bryan, I always enjoy your posts. Your take on Silky a couple of weeks ago is still my all-time fave.

Dork B. on August 11, 2007 at 2:21 PM

Just for clarification; charges against one of the Marines, Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz, were dropped because he was given IMMUNITY in exchange for his testimony AGAINST HIS FELLOW MARINES. Not sure you want to be using him as an example:

ncpatriot on August 11, 2007 at 3:49 PM

‘link’ option apparently not working, here’s the link to official site:

http://www.usmc.mil/lapa/Iraq/Haditha/Haditha-Rel-007-070417.htm

ncpatriot on August 11, 2007 at 3:51 PM

Murtha is a perfect example of looking like “pork” and acting like “pork”. He is an a total example of how not to behave as a veteran and how not to behave in congress. The people who elected him (and reelected him} in PA must be insane.

duff65 on August 11, 2007 at 5:07 PM

I’m from PA and have to admit almost the entire members of our Congressional Deligation are either Dems like Murtha or RINOs.

joeconn547 on August 11, 2007 at 5:15 PM

Bryan, that was great! Keep up the good work.

Catie96706 on August 11, 2007 at 9:03 PM

Lets hope the voters in PA will remember what kind of schmuck he is and elect ANYONE besides him.

Mooseman on August 11, 2007 at 9:54 PM

Running the House Murtha style – a.k.a. King Corruption.

Republicans returning to the House floor on Friday morning Aug. 3 after their walkout the night before were surprised to find as presiding officer the Democrat they call “King Corruption”: Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, master of earmarks and backroom deals.

Rep. Ed Pastor, a 64-year-old eight-term Democrat from Phoenix, Ariz., who is affable and well-liked by Republicans, had been scheduled to preside. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi, fearing parliamentary tricks by Republicans, put her muscleman Murtha in the chair.

Murtha’s performance as non-partisan presiding officer ran true to form. On a voice vote, Murtha ruled for Democrats when obviously more Republicans were on the House floor. He subsequently ordered a roll call vote, though members rising in support clearly fell short of the 44 required. After that ruling was challenged, Murtha declared: “The chair’s decision is not subject to question.”

Herikutsu on August 12, 2007 at 2:45 AM

Where are the Republicans calling for Murtha’s resignation?

Mojave Mark on August 12, 2007 at 9:28 AM

I’m from PA and have to admit almost the entire members of our Congressional Deligation are either Dems like Murtha or RINOs.

joeconn547 on August 11, 2007 at 5:15 PM

then why in the hell do ya’ll keep voting them in??????

pullingmyhairout on August 12, 2007 at 6:23 PM

Murtha is a flaming disgrace. He condemns those Marines without due process of a trial? I understand that he was a Marine…I just wonder for which country.

Where are the Republicans calling for Murtha’s resignation?

Mojave Mark

Well, Mark, I think that the RePUBIC-HAIRicans are still trying to win a nice guy contest by not making such demands. Also, they seem to missing their political balls do so.

The False Dervish on August 12, 2007 at 9:13 PM

Drudge just played this call on his radio show.

Capp on August 12, 2007 at 11:30 PM

Thanks Bryan, for at least trying to hold his feet to the fire. You did good kid. :)

wytammic on August 13, 2007 at 4:57 PM

then why in the hell do ya’ll keep voting them in??????

pullingmyhairout on August 12, 2007 at 6:23 PM

I could ask that of a lot of folks.

jdawg on August 14, 2007 at 7:40 PM

Ordinary1 on August 10, 2007 at 1:38 PM
Hot Recorder.

Bryan on August 10, 2007 at 1:50 PM

Thanx!!!

Ordinary1 on August 15, 2007 at 7:58 AM

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