Pelosi Backs Murtha

Jack Murtha is one of my heroes and has been for a while. I'm thrilled to find out that Pelosi is taking control already and has backed his bid to be Majority Leader.

Read Pelosi's letter to Murtha below the fold...


Dear Jack,

Thank you for your letter requesting my support for your candidacy for Majority Leader in the 110th Congress.

As you know so well, for the past 24 months I have done nothing but focus on winning the House, working weekends, morning, noon and night, traveling to dozens of states and cities on behalf of our candidates to assure we had the resources to implement the excellent plan Rahm Emanuel developed.

Working with all the groups in our Caucus over the past two years, we focused the national debate around issues that clearly differentiated Democrats from Republicans, and put us squarely on the side of the American people. We challenged President Bush on his unsound scheme to privatize Social Security, and we prevailed on behalf of America's seniors. We repudiated the Republican "culture of corruption" that has turned the People's House into an auction house for special interests. And of course, we challenged President Bush and the Republicans on the Iraq war.

With respect to Iraq in particular, I salute your courageous leadership that changed the national debate and helped make Iraq the central issue of this historic election. It was surely a dark day for the Bush Administration when you spoke truth to power. Your leadership gave so many Americans, including respected military leaders, the encouragement to voice their own disapproval at a failed policy that weakens our military and makes stability in that region even more difficult to achieve. The enthusiastic response of Americans all across this nation gave an enormous lift to our Democratic efforts, and your unsurpassed personal solicitations produced millions of dollars which were new to the effort. Those resources made a huge difference and particularly for the candidates on whose behalf you

Your strong voice for national security, the war on terror and Iraq provides genuine leadership for our party, and I count on you to continue to lead on these vital issues. For this and for all you have done for Democrats in the past and especially this last year, I am pleased to support your candidacy for Majority Leader for the 110th Congress. As we move forward and work together on the urgent questions of Iraq, the war on terrorism, strengthening our military to meet 21st century challenges, improving our
national security and rebuilding our international relations, and honoring our commitment to our veterans, your presence in the leadership of our party would add a knowledgeable and respected voice to our Democratic team.


Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader

I love this. I'm not much of a Hoyer fan. I know Murtha is a little conservative for most of you, but I love him. I also love the fact that Pelosi is out in front on this. She isn't wasting a minute. Thank you, Madame Speaker.

h/t Josh Marshall


Smart move.


Dem Dems

Harry Reid has been a useful placeholder but is damaged goods. It's looking like

Majority Leader John Murtha
Majority Whip Jim Clyburn
Caucus Chair Rahm Emanuel

But in background from The Hill it is suggested that the solicited letter from Pelosi may be a signal of desperation by Murtha.

bigger fan

Im a bigger fan of Steny, I think he and Pelosi have done a great job of keeping everyone in line.

Also, can we not get Hillary instead of Reid? Every other week I hear something that makes we go, "is he really that corrupt?"

"Keep the Faith"

May be

but as I recall, Roy Blunt had the votes lined up - swore to it up one side and down the other and I'll be damned if Boehner didn't win the nomination. Hoyer is playing the same bluffing game. He might have the votes lined up. In his response he also says he's known about Pelosi's support for Murtha for a while since they are close. It isn't news to him.

It's normal for the leadership to chime in - at least it sure was during the Republican reign of terror, so I find it a bit insulting that The Hill would hint that it is an act of desperation. Makes me wonder if they think it's a sign of weakness for a man to turn to a woman for help. Personally, I think it's a sign that the man knows how to campaign for office. Line up your endorsements.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I guess...

...sometimes it has to be spelled out, hence the written endorsement.

Murtha's great, I just wish Pelosi wasn't in line 2B speaker ...

and Mel was! Give 'em Mel! And this time, 'em is America.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

he will be a big dog

With the benefit of enough independence to make some noise and push some buttons. Im looking forward to see what he can do.

"Keep the Faith"