U.S. Representative John Murtha Passes Away at 77
Matt | On 08, Feb 2010
Here’s a bit of unfortunate news. U.S. Representative John Murtha (D-Pennsylvania) has died following complications from recent gall bladder surgery. He was 77 years old.
Murtha had been a member of Congress for 36 years and considered to be a top Democrat in the House. He served as a Marine in the Vietnam War, and it would be that experience that made him so well-known in the past decade.
See, Murtha was not afraid to stand up to power! He adamantly opposed the war in Iraq in 2005 and almost lost his seat in Congress in 2006 as a result. He’s from the old school and started in government in the same era as Dr. Claw Dick Cheney. So, he was never afraid to pull Cheney’s trump card. This made him enemy #1 with Bush, Cheney, and Karl Rove.
Big John got so much love from the anti-war community because he was one of the few voices of reason against Bush’s illegal wars. His past military experience made him one of the most important voices in the House on (what SHOULD have been) a strong anti-war movement. He publicly worried in 2004 about the strain the war would take on our military. Unfortunately, he was correct, and he continued keeping the wars and military funding high on his priority list.
Condolences for Murtha’s family have been pouring in from several levels of U.S. government on Monday.