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Dems Defy Pelosi, Vote Down “Abscam” Murtha

From the "Paper Of Treason," the New York Times:

Hoyer Beats Pelosi’s Pick in Race for No. 2 House Post

Published: November 16, 2006

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 — House Democrats chose Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland as their majority leader today after a bruising fight that cast a cloud over the party’s post-election celebration.

The election of Mr. Hoyer over Representative John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania, by a vote of 149 to 86, was an embarrassing setback for Representative Nancy J. Pelosi of California, who will be speaker of the House in the new Congress and had backed Mr. Murtha…

House and Senate members of both parties had strained to understand Ms. Pelosi’s strategy.

They wondered why, in her moment of victory, she injected herself into a leadership fight that was bound to end with the selection of her rival, Mr. Hoyer, or her own choice, a lawmaker criticized for his ethics record, after an election in which Democrats campaigned on a clean-government theme.

Mr. Hoyer and Ms. Pelosi have had a sometimes tense relationship, at least in part because he unsuccessfully challenged her for the party whip post in 2001. In that contest, Mr. Murtha ran Ms. Pelosi’s campaign…

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, a liberal Democrat from Ohio who disagrees with Mr. Murtha on major social issues like abortion and gun control, said in a letter distributed to his colleagues that Mr. Murtha’s leadership on the war outweighed other considerations.

“We need Jack Murtha for majority leader,” Mr. Kucinich wrote, “because at a critical moment on the major international policy issue facing America and the world, he showed an openness, a readiness to listen and a willingness to set a new direction, based on new information. This is the mark of someone who moves forward with courage.”


But that the vote was even that close (149 to 86,) shows just how much the Democrats hate this country.

And of course Steny Hoyer is outrageously corrupt too. So they aren’t losing any ground there.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 16th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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