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Smear merchant John Murtha does it again; Pennsylvania, you have a choice!

By Michelle Malkin  •  October 21, 2008 10:19 AM

Pork-stuffed, troop-slandering, race card-wielding John Murtha has gone and opened his mouth again — removing whatever last iota of doubt there may be about his fundamental character damage.

Here he is trashing the western part of his state as “redneck” bigots after non-apologize-apologizing for suggesting they were all RAAAACISTS last week.

I repeat: Why, why, why is this man still in office?

Pennsylvanians need to know they have a choice.

I have been blogging for more than a year about the candidacy of stellar GOP upstart candidate William Russell.

In July, I wrote a column about Bill — dubbing him the man who could topple John Murtha.

Many of you have already pitched in with donations and support.

Redouble your efforts!

Stand up.

Bill weighs in on Murtha’s latest smear:

Democratic Rep. John Murtha said Monday some of his constituents in western Pennsylvania are “rednecks” and the entire region just five to 10 years ago was “really redneck.”

The comments come one week after he called his own constituents “racist” in an interview with his local newspaper.

“What I said, that indicted everybody, that’s not what I meant at all. What I mean is there’s still folks that have a problem voting for someone because they are black,” Murtha said.

Murtha said the history of southwestern Pennsylvania is teeming with racism. “This whole area, years ago, was really redneck,” he told WTAE-TV Pittsburgh.

Murtha, a Democrat, apologized last week for calling the area “racist,” but challenger Bill Russell said it was a reckless insult to the people in his district and the “cheapest of cheap shots.”

Russell, an Iraq war veteran, swiftly put out a 30-second Web video on Murtha’s quote and plastered his Web site with references to it, using it as a fundraising pitch with 19 days to go until the Nov. 4 election.

“It shows once again how much he has lost touch with our constituents,” Russell told FOXNews.com on Thursday. “A lot of people are ticked off. It’s just one more issue that is ticking off a lot of our constituents and why so many of them feel it is time for a change.”

Murtha has held his seat for 17 terms, and Democrats outnumber Republicans by two-to-one in the state’s 12th District—but Russell, a first-time candidate, said the latest development should give him a boost.

Russell, a 28-year Army veteran who recently retired, has been railing against Murtha, also a veteran, for calling for the withdrawal of troops in Iraq and for voting for the financial bailout package.

“We’re very much running a race and it may or may not have occurred to him yet,” Russell said.

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