The Campaign Spot

Culture of Corruption, Part One

Apparently John Murtha thinks that the Pentagon’s duties include protecting him from Republican challengers.

The Republican who challenged Rep. John Murtha in 2008 says a top aide to the embattled Pennsylvania Democrat threatened to have him recalled to active duty in the U.S. Army so he could be court-martialed for engaging in politics while serving in the armed forces.
Bill Russell — who challenged Murtha in 2008 and intends to do so again in 2010 — said Murtha chief of staff John Hugya made the threat during a National Rifle Association event in mid-March.
Ret. Col. Gregory Ritch, a former Army Reserve officer who served as Russell’s commanding officer, said he heard Hugya make a similar threat in January.

Pretty galling, if true, coming from the guy who smeared the reputations of the U.S. Marines at Haditha.


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