Rep. John Murtha, the anti-war congressman who is the likely new House speaker’s pick for majority leader, fended off what he called “swift boat-style attacks” on his ethics record Tuesday.
The Pennsylvania Democrat also blasted his rival for majority leader, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, for siding with President Bush on Iraq.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who as the House Democratic leader is in line to be the next speaker, has backed Murtha against Hoyer, who is currently the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives.
Democrats are slated to vote Thursday on who will take the chamber’s leadership posts when the Congress reconvenes in January.
Hoyer insists he has commitments from a majority of the caucus. He picked up the public endorsement of a bloc of moderate Democrats on Tuesday.
The Maryland congressman also rebutted Murtha’s accusation that he backed the war, saying he has sided with Democratic calls for a “phased redeployment” of U.S. troops. more
I like Murtha’s thoughtfulness and fight. So much for Democrats being pushovers.