DIANA IREY ◊ U.S. CONGRESS :: News: – Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey – responding to comments made by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a Wall Street Journal interview published this morning, wherein Mrs. Pelosi declares her opposition to the practice of “earmarking” – today released the following statement:
“Nancy Pelosi has done it again – offered a startling truth that puts her at odds with the Man Who Would Be Majority Leader, Jack Murtha.
“In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, Mrs. Pelosi declares her strong opposition to the practice of ‘earmarking’ – wherein politicians designate funds for certain special interest spending projects, usually done in a non-transparent manner – labeling them a ‘monster’:"Breaking with many Democrats, Ms. Pelosi also spoke out against earmarking billions of dollars for home-state projects, a practice she calls a "monster" that hurts Congress.
“It is because of earmarks that certain Members of Congress have found themselves tempted by bribes offered by lobbyists and those who seek government contracts – just ask former Rep. Randall Cunningham, who was convicted less than a year ago of abusing his powers to earmark legislation in exchange for millions of dollars from an unsavory lobbyist and a shady defense contractor.
“It is because of earmarks that questions have once again been raised about Jack Murtha’s own personal ethics – as documented in a Jun 13, 2005 Los Angeles Times article, reproduced here:
“We need to end the practice of earmarking legislation, and we need to end it now. And I’m glad that one of Jack Murtha’s principal sponsors in the Democratic Party now acknowledges that. But will Jack Murtha?
“There are 117 days left in this campaign. The good news is, that’s plenty of time to make sure the voters of the 12th District know just who Jack Murtha really is.”