The treacherous Congressman John Murtha said upon the Democrat's victory of the House, he will run for Majority Leader.
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Isn't that just what we need, more extreme leftists in higher positions of authority. The Democrats keep moving left, which is why they may very well keep their minority.
In a letter to his Democratic colleagues, Murtha said, “If we prevail as I hope and know we will and return to the majority this next Congress, I have decided to run for the open seat of the Majority Leader.
“I would appreciate your consideration and vote, and look forward to speaking to you personally about my decision.”
The move was very bold and very early, since the elections remain almost five months away and a Democratic victory is by no means assured.
The office of Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the current No. 2 in the party leadership, issued a statement making clear that Hoyer has his own designs on the majority leader’s job if it opens up. It did not directly mention Murtha’s challenge.
“Mr. Hoyer has worked extraordinarily hard to unify the caucus and take back the House for Democrats, and that is his first focus,” the statement said. “As a result of that unity, he is confident that we will be successful in November and intends to run for Majority Leader. He believes that his work as Whip, Caucus Chair and with the DCCC has earned him the support of the overwhelming majority of House Democrats.”
Hoyer’s allies were sharply critical of Murtha’s move, citing Hoyer’s efforts to aid conservative-leaning Democrats.
“Steny Hoyer has been a friend and ally to the Blue Dogs and has fought hard to help Blue Dogs win their seats,” said Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif. “This is a distraction at a time when our focus should be on incumbents and winning back the house. This takes away from our ability to focus on those efforts.”