Monday, July 28, 2008

Bill Russell: The man who could topple John Murtha

I was beyond ecstatic at this news. Michelle Malkin wrote an excellent column on how there is a David taking on a Goliath, and he just might win. Who is the "David"? Republican newcomer William Russell who is a Desert Storm veteran, former Army lieutenant colonel and is on active duty with the Army until August 1st. The "Goliath" is of course, "troop-smearing, pork-feasting, scandal-tainted" Democratic Representative Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania.

Rep. Murtha has yet to apologize to the 8 Haditha Marines that he mercilessly slandered by calling them "cold-blooded murderers" in 2006. As has been reported, 7 out of 8 of those Marines has now been cleared or won case dismissals. Russell decided to enter politics after hearing Murtha's slanderous accusations. The "excitement and buzz" around Russell's campaign is huge and Russell has already raised $670,000 in the 2nd quarter and he isn't even publicly campaigning yet. Murtha raised $119,000 in the same quarter.

Here is some of what Malkin had to say in her column:
"The excitement and buzz around Russell stand in stark contrast to grass-roots disgust on the right with Beltway Republicans who continue to push the party to the left in a brain-dead attempt to “rebrand” the GOP. He has united pro-troops families, social conservatives, fiscal conservatives, Reagan Democrats and Independents fed up with Murtha’s culture of corruption dating back to his Abscam days in the 1980s. Murtha was not indicted in the infamous bribery probe, but he was videotaped entertaining a $50,000 bribe from undercover FBI agents posing as emissaries for Arab sheiks trying to enter our country illegally.

“The incredible story about Bill’s campaign is that the $15 and $25 contributions are coming in from all over Pennsylvania and every corner of the country,” Luksik noted on the Russell Brigade website ( “This is K-Street versus Main Street. These are patriotic families expressing support for soldiers, sailors and Marines, and people saying they’ve had enough of the old ‘pay-to-play’ culture in the Capitol. That’s what’s fueling this campaign.”

Russell decided to enter politics after hearing Murtha’s slanderous 2006 accusations that Marines in Haditha “overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood.” As I reported in June, seven Marines have been cleared or won case dismissals in the Iraq war incident Murtha recklessly adjudicated in the court of public opinion — with willing mainstream journalists at The New York Times, MSNBC, and in the world press swinging their nooses.

Perhaps that complicity explains the great media wall of silence around Russell’s upstart campaign. Republican Bill Russell offers ethical, freedom-enhancing, pro-responsibility, anti-retreat, unapologetically conservative change they don’t want to believe in."

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