Saturday, September 16, 2006

Whose Priorities Does Murtha Represent?

It's difficult, if not impossible, to say that he represents PA-12's priorities after reading this:
Jack Murtha has, just in the last 24 hours, voted (again) AGAINST enhanced border security, and AGAINST earmark reform...
Who in their right mind would vote against securing our borders? Who in their right mind would vote against governmental accountability? The simple answer is no one in their right mind would. Which brings us to the conclusion that John Murtha must operate from a Washington frame of mind.

Murtha's career is only alive because of the earmarked monies that he's used to buy votes. The last thing he wants is to shine the spotlight on his political lifeline. There isn't a longtime incumbent out there that wants that. If you look at who's protesting the loudest, it's the people who've been up at the trough the longest.

It isn't surprising that John Murtha voted against the border fence when you consider who his biggest supporters are these days. Code Pink, the group that sparked controversy last summer with anti-war protests at a military hospital last summer, is a big Murtha supporter. Code Pink, in turn, is associated with other anti-war groups, including UFPJ, After Downing Street and Abolition 2000.

UFPJ is vehemently opposed to war of any sort, After Downing Street advocates impeaching President Bush and Vice President Cheney for "lying the U.S. into war" and Abolition 2000 advocates the elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide. I'd doubt that the people of PA-12 think highly of these groups.

It's time for the people of PA-12 to decide if they want to be represented by someone who's in touch with their needs or if they're satisfied with returning an out-of-touch incumbent to Washington so he can ignore their priorities.

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Cross-posted at LetFreedomRingBlog