November 4th, 2008
11:07 PM ET
14 years ago

Murtha reelected

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NEW YORK (CNN) - Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha has won re-election to his District 12 seat. He beat Republican challenger William Russell.

Murtha, serving his 16th term, recently fired up controversy after saying this about some of his own constituents: "There's no question western Pennsylvania is a racist area."

Murtha made those comments in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The video of that interview was posted on the internet. Murtha apologized for his words the next day.
But days later in an interview with a local television station, Murtha said his district, years ago, was "really redneck."

Former President Clinton recently campaigned on Murtha's behalf.
Murtha is an ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's and a vocal critic of the Bush administration's handling of the Iraq war.

He's well known for steering federal dollars to his state for projects and staunchly defends that.

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  1. Griff

    I said it eight months ago, CNN... Bye... I will never listen to this News Program again.. Pity!????????????????????

    November 4, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. Tiff of lithia springs



    November 4, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  3. Edmund

    Murtha is a bigot. He won Pennsylvania. I am in shock.

    November 4, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. Christa

    He was right. Western PA is EXTREMELY racist. There was no need to apologize. He spoke the truth. The individuals who got mad by his comments would have been the ones who ARE racist.

    November 4, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    You people deserve Murtha – I would be ashamed to live there!

    November 4, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. David S.

    Just shows that any of these crooks will get relected no matter how scummy they are as long as they can port up their District and people are ignorant enough to allow it to happen. Nothing will change in Washington, good job Pennsylvania

    November 4, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  7. Peter

    I want to thank Bush
    for our wonderful and Historical achievement.
    God bless AMERICA and GOD blees Barack Obama!!
    Now let's all move forward together!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. DE

    Quite frankly if Obama keeps his promise to bankrupt the coal industry, Pennsylvania voters and residents deserve to suffer the consequenses.

    November 4, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. Watch Word

    This district deserves him and his thoughts/actions.
    So good to have him back to add to the discourse with such intelligent statements.

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  10. Mike

    Self-interest wins again, and the King of Pork-Barrel reigns on.

    November 4, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  11. Texas Trail Kitty

    Congratulations Rep. Murtha! YES WE CAN! YES WE DID!

    November 4, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Its a shame he won

    November 4, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  13. David Charles Lacks

    HARD, HARD, HARD to believe you re-elected Murtha. However, I hope you get EXACTLY what you voted/wished for!

    November 4, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |

    Now we can say, "YES WE DID!" instead of Yes we can. GREAT NIGHT FOR AMERICA! OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. Thomas Smith

    Well, OK then. Your member of Congress twice insults the character of you and your fellow residents of his district. Yet you return him to Congress. Western PA gets exactly what it deserves then.

    November 4, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  16. From TX

    So Pennsylvanians ARE as stupid as Obama thought.

    November 4, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  17. Ed

    How dumb are you people in Pennsylvania? This guy slapped you all in the face and you re-elect him? He's a piece of crap. Thank God he's old...

    November 4, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  18. jbaby

    You go boy!

    November 4, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Some people are really willing to forgive. Murtha needs to watch what he says. He might think some of these things, but he shouldn't say them as freely as he is allowed to think them. He could have lost and I don't know how close the race was. He might not make it next time.

    November 4, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  20. vahe

    yes we can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  21. dick d.

    murtha is a simpleton putz.... plain and simple... murtha and anyone who voted for him is an uneducated delinquent.

    November 4, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  22. RumorMill

    CONGRATULATION Murtha. God Bless You.


    November 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  23. robert ottavianop

    this old man needs to retire

    November 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  24. Obvious

    So, if murtha got re-elected, i guess he was right; his constituents are racist rednecks..........

    November 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  25. Obvious

    So, Murthat got re-eleted. I guess his voters are proud that he considers them racists and rednecks.

    November 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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