(MONONGAHELA, October 20) -- Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey -- responding to Jack Murtha's declaration in a teleconference press conference earlier today that President George W. Bush is a "failed President" and his is a "failed presidency" -- today released this statement:I guess the problem is, taking into account the sizeable dimensions of Murtha's "big fat backside," (not to mention the size of his "big head") there probably isn't a large enough mirror in the entire state of Pennsylvania to accomplish the task."Once again, Jack Murtha has proven that shooting from the lip is a recipe for disaster. Earlier today, on a teleconference press conference with U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton and U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, Jack Murtha declared that George W. Bush is a 'failed President,' and declared that his is a 'failed presidency.' This just goes to show how far out of touch Jack Murtha really is.
"Perhaps if Jack Murtha actually spent some time looking at what's going on around him, rather than spending all his time ducking a debate with me so he can campaign for pro-choice, pro-gun-control liberal Democratic candidates, he would know better.
"The stock market just broke through the 12,000 mark on the Dow Jones for the first time in history. That's a 12 percent gain just this year alone. Thanks to the tax cuts championed by President Bush, total household net worth is up by a stunning $14 TRILLION, and shareholder net worth has increased by almost $6 TRILLION since the May 2003 tax cuts.
"More people are working in this country than ever before, and homeownership is at its highest level ever. Taxes are down, and incomes are up. That means families have more time to spend together.
"On the national security front, it is President Bush's administration that has prevented another attack on the American homeland for more than five years -- despite what we know of several attempts by al Qaeda to do just that. It is President Bush's administration that pushed for new tools for our intelligence and law enforcement communities -- tools like the USA PATRIOT Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the NSA terrorist surveillance program - that have worked to prevent the terrorists from succeeding in attacking the American homeland again.
"But perhaps Jack Murtha doesn't want to talk about those things, because he voted AGAINST them: Against the tax cuts. Against the extension of the USA PATRIOT Act. Against the Military Commissions Act.
"Perhaps Jack Murtha should look in a mirror the next time he wants to discuss 'failure' in politics."
Not that the self-absorbed Jack Murtha would gain anything from the experience, anyway.