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Pelosi Backs John Murtha For Majority Leader

From an overjoyed Associated Press:

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Pelosi backs Murtha for majority leader

Sun, Nov. 12, 2006
DAVID ESPO

WASHINGTON – Rep. Nancy Pelosi, in line to become speaker of the House, stepped into a post-election power struggle among fellow Democrats on Sunday with a letter of support for Rep. Jack Murtha in the race to pick a majority leader.

"Your presence in the leadership of our party would add a knowledgeable and respected voice to our Democratic team," Pelosi, D-Calif., wrote Murtha. The Pennsylvania lawmaker is widely viewed as an underdog in a two-man race with Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer in this week’s leadership elections.

Murtha issued a statement saying, "I am deeply gratified to receive the support of Speaker Pelosi, a tireless advocate for change and a true leader for our party and our country."

Hoyer has been second-ranking in the Democratic leadership behind Pelosi the past four years. He issued a statement saying he was confident he would win the race.

"Nancy told me some time ago that she would personally support Jack. I respect her decision as the two are very close," Hoyer’s statement said.

Pelosi and Hoyer have long been rivals within the party caucus, while she and Murtha are allies of long standing.

Murtha, a former Marine who is respected for his knowledge of defense issues, gained national attention last year when he said U.S. troops should be withdrawn from Iraq…

Both Hoyer and Murtha traveled on behalf of Democratic candidates during the campaign…

In her letter, Pelosi began by noting that Murtha had requested her support. Noting his opposition to the war, she added, "Your leadership gave so many Americans, including respected military leaders, the encouragement to voice their own disapproval at a failed policy that weakens our military and makes stability in that region even more difficult to achieve." …

More evidence of Pelosi’s fabled "moderation." And of course her efforts to "clean up Congress."

But why not? Murtha has earned it. He’s been the top America-hater in Congress for some time now.

"Cut and run" even won Code Pink’s "Pink Badge Of Courage."

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 12th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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