Rep. John Murtha is a corrupt bully. Both traits were on display on the House floor today. According to this report in the Washington Post,
During a series of House votes Thursday, Murtha walked to the chamber’s Republican side to confront Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., a 43-year-old former FBI agent. Earlier this month, Rogers had tried unsuccessfully to strike a Murtha earmark from an intelligence spending bill. The item would restore $23 million for the National Drug Intelligence Center, a facility in Murtha’s Pennsylvania district that some Republicans say is unneeded.
According to Rogers’ account, which Murtha did not dispute, the Democrat angrily told Rogers he should never seek earmarks of his own because “you’re not going to get any, now or forever.”
House rules of course prohibit lawmakers from placing conditions on earmarks or targeted tax benefits that are based on another member’s votes. Accordingly, Rogers will seek a House vote on whether to reprimand Murtha.
Readers will recall that Murtha was Speaker Pelosi’s choice for House Majority Leader, but was defeated in his bid for the job.