Jack Murtha(D, PA)-linked companies in Florida corruption probe.
It’s a lovely morning today. The sun is shining down from a brilliantly-azure sky. The birds are singing counterpoint to the steady rumble of people getting up, going to work and living their lives. Somewhere, a child laughs with innocent delight as a sudden breeze stirs the grass, and sends dandelion seeds dancing through the air. And Air Force investigators are charging that various-and-sundry companies | Read More »
Today is the last day of Scott Ott’s pledge drive. [Bumped.]
He is running for Lehigh County Executive against entrenched Democratic incumbent Don Cunningham, and on a ticket of fiscal responsibility: …he is of course well known to us as a long-time political wit and satirist (this is one of his latest works); but he’s extremely serious about this race, and he needs our help. So, if you have anything to donate, you can do it | Read More »
Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D, PA-11) babbles about maglev trains.
Well, first he was babbling about how nobody expected unemployment to get this high, and how he didn’t vote for the stimulus because it wasn’t big enough, and then he got into the entire maglev thing… anyway, I’ve cut up and laid out the relevant bits. It needs a soundtrack, but I couldn’t think of anything that would mix nonsensical and doom-laden well enough. You | Read More »
Good news, and good news on PA-SEN race.
The good news: Pat Toomey’s (R Cand, PA) campaign (donate here) is reporting that he raised 1.6 million dollars in the second quarter of 2009. Mr. Toomey’s strong first campaign quarter fundraising compares favorably with those of successful U.S. Senate challengers in the last election. In fact, he has raised more than every successful 2008 challenger. In his first quarter as a Senate candidate, Mr. | Read More »
Murtha (D, PA-12) client indicted for taking kickbacks.
(Via The American Thinker, via Instapundit) The bolded part is the part that you want your eyes to linger over. Ex-contractor with Murtha ties charged over kickbacks Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh have charged a former executive for a defense contractor with ties to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) with taking nearly $200,000 in kickbacks from a subcontractor. Richard Ianieri, former president and CEO of Coherent Systems | Read More »
Specter only beating Sestak only among Democrats who don’t know both.
A little while back Greenberg* Quinlan Rosner put out a poll that showed Specter leading 55-34 over Sestak in the primary. Interestingly, (via DoubleplusUndead, via @JustKarl), one hope for Sestak is apparently that he actually leads Specter among Democrats who know both candidates, 52-44. The difference is due to the fact that Sestak is only known to about 30% of the PA Dem electorate. Full | Read More »
PA Assassination Ad noticed, yanked, continues to loom over publishers’ heads.
That last part? Deservedly so. I first heard of this story yesterday, via Tapper. While the subject matter itself is easily the most appalling part, I would like to note for the record (like Glenn Reynolds) that it’s not exactly comforting to know that we have historical illiterates running our newspapers. Personally, I hope that the current President follows in the steps of J.Q. Adams, | Read More »
BREAKING: Feds subpoenaing Visclosky’s office. [UPDATED]
[UPDATE] See also Hot Air. And may I say that there’s a part of me that hopes that Pelosi tries to quash this? It’s a lovely time of year for a gutter war. I was tempted to go with the headline “FEDS RAID VISCLOSKY!” solely to give some of our lurkers acute acid reflux, but really: this is quite good on its own: Feds subpoena | Read More »
Jack Murtha (D-PA) gets a primary opponent.
I was first tipped off to this by the NRCC’s blog: Jack Murtha is going to have a primary opponent. For those who were wondering: Murtha did not have a primary opponent in 2008. Or 2006. Or 2004*. You have to go back to 2002 to see the last time that anybody tried to challenge him, in fact. From the Post-Gazette’s blog: Today, former naval | Read More »
Joe Sestak to challenge Arlen Specter in primary.
It’s not ‘official’, but unless Sestak is sufficiently a practical joker as to send his supporters handwritten phony fund-raising notes, it’s happening. Guess that means that Arlen Specter is going to have to face a tough primary battle after all. Meanwhile… Moderate Pa. Republicans warming to Toomey Moderate Republican leaders have stopped publicly pushing to recruit a less-conservative alternative to front-runner Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania’s | Read More »
Shorter Murtha aide: We’re coming for you, Bill Russell.
Politico reports: John Hugya, Chief of staff for Representative John Murtha (D, PA), threatened his Congressman’s last (and future) electoral opponent on at least two occasions. John Murtha opponent says aide threatened him The Republican who challenged Rep. John Murtha in 2008 says a top aide to the embattled Pennsylvania Democrat threatened to have him recalled to active duty in the U.S. Army so he | Read More »
Murtha’s Nephew under the media microscope.
When a newspaper is associating pictures like this: …to stories about said politician’s nephew: well, articles like this are almost redundant. Nephew Mentioned Rep. Murtha in Dealings as Contractor Robert C. Murtha Jr. has made a sizable living for years working with companies that rely on Pentagon contracts over which his uncle, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), holds considerable sway. He has maintained that his | Read More »
Arlen Specter desecrates Jack Kemp’s corpse.
I guess that Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) really is happier in his new party: Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, said part of the reason he left the Republican Party last week was disillusionment with its healthcare priorities, and suggested that had the Republicans taken a more moderate track, Jack Kemp may have won his battle with cancer. …because he’s certainly picked up from them the | Read More »
Joe Sestak not making way for Arlen Specter?
He didn’t sound like he was going to Thursday… And he’s certainly not sounding like it Friday…
On the Specter switch.
I have nothing really to add to either this or this, except to note that: a) I’m not particularly surprised; b) The Republican primary in PA next year just got a lot more straightforward, while the Democratic one is now going to be significantly less so; c) The Democrats are rapidly running out of reasons why they can’t pass their hearts’ desires. And, oh yes: | Read More »
Jack Murtha (D, PA-12) Claims Constitutional right to trade earmarks for donations.
Okinawa Jack seems very, very defensive in this article (H/T: Instapundit): Murtha defends statement The region’s outspoken congressman is in the national lens again – this time CBS News television cameras – in a report Wednesday that calls him “the king of earmarks who wastes a lot of taxpayer money” and implies that the FBI is investigating. U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Johnstown, responded by waving | Read More »
So why did you vote for the AIG payoffs, Rep Kanjorski (D, IN-11)? [Actually, PA-11]
[UPDATE] Yeah, let me fix this. [UPDATE the second.] Not much to fix at all, really. Just a state and a readjustment of how much money he took off of PMA. Whew! You’re ever-so-angry about this, to be sure: …but you voted for the debt bill that your fellow-Democrat Senator Dodd loaded down with a loophole permitting these payments. If you’re so concerned, why didn’t | Read More »
Gov. Rendell (D): ‘skeptical’ about the stimulus.
So no harm in hedging his bets, right? Via PA Watercooler: Gov. Rendell skeptical about stimulus potential Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) backed the $787 billion stimulus but said Saturday that he isn’t sure whether it will actually fix the economy. Rendell, at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, said Saturday that all governors are committed to making sure that the stimulus is used | Read More »
Paging Congressman Murtha.
Congressman? Run. Moe Lane
Dem’s ethical troubles “reminiscent?” Well, this week, at least.
[UPDATE] Oh, this just got better. Via Hot Air: Lobbyist Inquiry Appears to Be Widening WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors are looking into the possibility that a prominent lobbyist may have funneled bogus campaign contributions to his mentor, Representative John P. Murtha, as well as other lawmakers, two people familiar with the investigator’s questions said Tuesday. (H/T: Instapundit) But by the time we’re done, the word | Read More »