March 31, 2009

IN CQ, BILL PASCOE ON MURTHA AND CORRUPTION:

Murtha’s critics aren’t opposed to his ability to bring home the bacon; as the chairman, and then ranking member, and then chairman again of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee for the last two decades, Murtha’s control over the Pentagon’s purse strings is legendary, and the torrent of cash he has directed back to his 12th District makes the Johnstown Flood look like a spring drizzle.

His critics don’t begrudge him his pork. But they are questioning how close he has come to the line of ethical propriety.

And it’s fair to ask whether Murtha remembers any of the lessons he learned during that big of unpleasantness known as Abscam.

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