May 29, 2009

MURTHA UPDATE: C.R.E.W. Goes After Murtha, Inc. Here’s their “You Don’t Know Jack” graphic illustrating Murtha’s dubious connections.

Plus this: Vulnerable Democrats Urge Close Scrutiny of Colleagues:

Swept into office partly on promises to end a “culture of corruption,” many potentially vulnerable Democratic newcomers are pressing House leaders to confront allegations of unethical conduct involving fellow Democrats.

Discontent over ethics has been underscored in votes on Republican-sponsored privileged resolutions calling on the House ethics committee to probe the ties between the defunct lobbying firm PMA and powerful Democrats including John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, Defense Appropriations Subcommittee chairman.

Democrats have rejected the resolution eight times, most recently on May 12. But 29 Democrats — including 22 first elected in 2006 and 2008 — voted for the measure sponsored by Rep. Jeff Flake , R-Ariz.

Almost a third of the 34 Democratic freshmen, or 11 members, bucked their leadership, which has pressed rank-and-file members to oppose the resolution, saying that if Republicans have a gripe, they should file a complaint with the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

Another unsuccessful GOP measure offered just before the Memorial Day recess would have barred funding for the lightly used John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria Airport, a facility in Murtha’s district. Murtha has used his perch on the Appropriations Committee to steer considerable federal funding to the facility. That measure, too, won support of 11 Democrats, all but one first elected in 2006 and 2008.

They haven’t had time to grow sufficiently complacent and corrupt not to care, yet.

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