And we'll be leaving the light on here at MMG, as well. In Murtha's past 17 elections, he barely needed to lift a finger. All he had to do was spread the pork around and everyone was fat and happy. But all that changed in the 2008 election season. Remember, it was Russell who was running only slightly behind in some polls, and even ahead in others; this despite his not being able to campaign until honorably discharged from the Army on August 1. For the first time in his political career, the scumbag from PA-12 was scared for his seat; so scared that he had to call in chits from the beneficiaries of his largesse, as well as big guns such as Bill & Hillary Clinton to help him out.
HARRISBURG -- Just eight days after Election Day, Bill Russell says he's ready for round two against U.S. Rep. John Murtha (D-Johnstown).
The Republican congressional candidate, who received a late avalanche of attention of attention in his race against the 34-year incumbent before ultimately falling by 16 points, told PolitickerPA.com Tuesday that he plans to run again in 2010.
"I'm running for the same seat again," he said, although he added he hasn't officially declared.
The little Nero from PA-12, though not totally defeated, was knocked off his pedestal; and for the first time in his sorry political existence, had a taste of mortality. I anticipate that in two years, Lt. Col. Russell will return in grand fashion to finish the job.