Then, in 2008, came William Trower Russell. A retired Army Colonel, who still knows the meaning of honor and practices it, Russell had Murtha running scared for the first time in his checkered, scandal-laden political career. So scared was he that he had to call in Bill Clinton to wag his finger at PA-12 constituents in a last-ditch effort to save his sorry, fat, political backside.
Having won re-election, now Murtha is again usurping his power in another nefarious way:
Russell, a retired Army man who plans another run against Murtha next year, now contends that the congressman’s chief of staff used coarse language while threatening to have the GOP candidate “recalled” to active military duty.And that, my friends, is absolutely TRUE. William Russell did not personally begin campaigning until his discharge from the Army. But don't let a little thing like the truth get in the way of Jihad Jack Murtha holding on to power like a hooker grasps her last 5 dollar bill.
Russell further claims that Murtha’s office has contacted his former commanding officer, also to inquire about a potential recall.
“This is a brazen abuse of power and a threat to the integrity of both the Department of Defense and the Congress of the United States,” Russell wrote in a recent fundraising letter to local voters.
Russell, who last year lost by about 15 percentage points to the veteran congressman, said the encounter with Murtha Chief of Staff John Hugya happened at a March banquet benefitting the National Rifle Association in Washington County.
“To my face, (Hugya) said, ‘What are you going to do when we get the new Secretary of the Army seated and have your (expletive) recalled to active duty,’ ” Russell wrote.
Murtha’s office is not denying that the exchange took place.
But spokesman Matt Mazonkey also claims that Russell’s letter leaves out an important part of the conversation.
“Mr. Hugya, who is a retired Marine Colonel, was reminding Mr. Russell that his conduct while in uniform during the last campaign was in violation of sections of the uniform code of military justice” and a Department of Defense directive, Mazonkey said in a written statement.
That directive forbids those on active military duty from campaigning for federal office.
The contention, apparently, is that Russell should be recalled so that he can face charges for allegedly campaigning while he was on a 90-day, active-duty Army assignment last year.
Those allegations have been brewing since last summer. But Russell still contends they are “absolutely false.”
While he was on duty from April 30 through the end of July, Russell said, “the campaign committee operated independently of me.”
Bottom line is, to Jack Murtha, the Constitution and the rights it extends may as well be a roll of toilet paper. He will crumple it, trample it, and do anything he can to extend his reach on his power.
Megalomania? You bet.
PA-12-- are you starting to get buyer's remorse yet?