(MONONGAHELA, October 31) -- Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey -- responding to remarks by U.S. Senator John Kerry (the most recent presidential nominee of the political party to which Jack Murtha owes his allegiance), who yesterday declared before a gathering of students that, "You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq" -- today released this statement:Sad to say, exacting a repudiation of Kerry's latest "Freudian slip" from Murtha will no doubt like trying to extract blood from a rock. You see, Murtha and Kerry are ideological soulmates, and see nothing wrong with denegrating our troops and/or their mission with impunity, especially when they see political points to be gained. From John Kerry's seditiously false testimony in the Winter Soldier hearings, to Jack Murtha's pronouncement of guilt without due process for Marines fighting in Haditha, both show an opportunistic contempt for the institutions which they served, and for those who serve in those institutions, and both see nothing wrong with throwing their brethren under the bus for political gain.
"Will Jack Murtha stand with the men and women of the American military and TODAY demand an apology on their behalf from his good friend Senator John Kerry? Or will Jack Murtha continue his cut-and-run campaign and refuse to take a stand on this matter of honor and respect?
"Senator Kerry's comments suggesting that only the less-educated and less-smart 'end up in Iraq' are insulting in the extreme to every man and woman who has worn our nation's colors in Iraq -- and, frankly, they are insulting in the extreme to every man and woman who has EVER worn our nation's colors, period.
So, with all due respect, Ms. Irey, if you're waiting for a repudiation of John Kerry by John Murtha, all I can say is, don't hold your breath.