Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Diana Irey Responds to Murtha Press Conference

Diana Irey, the GOP challenger against John Murtha in the PA CD-12 race issued this press release after Murtha's press conference:
“I was shocked and dismayed by my opponent’s charge that U.S. Marines are responsible for murdering Iraqi civilians in cold blood. Why John Murtha would say such a thing in the wake of an ongoing investigation and accuse our troops of such horrific actions is beyond comprehension,” Irey said.
Murtha made these comments at a press conference yesterday. “Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood,” Murtha said. He made these comments to reporters regarding an incident that occurred November 19th in Haditha, Iraq. “There is no doubt that my opponent’s disregard for the presumption of innocence and Due Process will have an adverse effect on troop morale. Unfortunately, instead of showing support for our military personnel, his partisan rhetoric will only harm our country at this fragile time. His continued comments are a devastating blow to millions of men, women and children in the Middle East who are just getting their first taste of Democracy.” Irey said.

Diana Irey has spent the last decade in public service as a Washington County Commissioner, and she is now running to bring her vision of government responsibility, lower taxes, and family values to the United States Congress as the Representative of Pennsylvania’s 12th District.
Ms. Irey is right on the money in pointing out Murtha's total disregard for these soldiers' due process rights and that his statements will have "an adverse affect on troop morale".

The citizens of PA CD-12 deserve to finally get a representative who's more concerned with representing them than with playing cheap partisan politics.

It's obvious that Mr. Murtha is most interested in keeping his mug in front of a camera than he's interested in solid military policy.