“If I’m corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district,” he told the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in March 2009. “My job as a member of Congress is to
make sure that we take care of what we see is necessary.”
Murtha played a pivotal role in swaying public opinion against the war in Iraq when he publicly acknowledged that his support for the war had been a mistake and he called for an end to the conflict. For that act, Murtha, a decorated war-veteran and former Marine Drill Instructor, was accused by Republicans like Tom Delay and Michael Burgess of basically giving comfort to the enemy.
The nation lost a brave man and a dedicated servant. Semper Fi, Congressman.