RIP John Murtha
Congressman John Murtha passed away today. He was 77.
Murtha was considered one of Congress’ most corrupt members and a champion of hidden earmarks and pork-barrel projects for his district. He was involved in the ABSCAM scandal, and most recently was the subject of a probe for illegal contributions.
As for his district, if nothing else he proved that government spending alone won’t bring prosperity.
Murtha will probably be remembered by many for saying the marines involved in the Haditha incident killed civilians “in cold blood” before the Pentagon investigation was completed. Charges were eventually dropped against seven of the eight marines, and the eighth case is still pending.
Murtha served in the Marines during the Vietnam War. For that service, he has the gratitude of the nation. RIP.