Did John Murtha say that Nancy Pelosi's ethics and lobbying reform bill is "total crap," as reported in Roll Call, or were his remarks taken out of context, as he told Hardball? Either way, it's a bad start for the new Democratic leadership. Murtha, who's been a giant on the war, is hardly a hero on reform and ethics. His run for majority leader has led to resurrection of his involvement in the ABSCAM scandal of 1979, something the Democrats do not need just after winning an election in which disgust with incumbents was a major factor.
(On NPR this morning, Juan Williams predicted that Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is expected to win the majority leader's post. He's no gem when it comes to pure government, as we've reported, but he has less baggage than Murtha.)
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